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May 15, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Six protected sea lions found dead in government traps this month died of overheating, not gunshots, as had been initially suspected, the National Marine Fisheries Service said in Portland. Investigators had suspected foul play after finding sea lions covered in blood and puncture wounds inside a trap at a dam between Washington and Oregon. But a review found that the deaths were consistent with heat exhaustion.
May 6, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Investigators theorize that the killer of six sea lions on the Columbia River arrived by boat and was familiar with trapping methods, closing the doors of two metal cages before firing a high-powered rifle at the animals within. The sea lions' carcasses were found Sunday. Wildlife agents had begun trapping sea lions last month to keep them from eating endangered chinook salmon. The trapping has been suspended. American Indian tribes protecting their fisheries and state governments representing commercial and sport fishermen had promoted the sea lion removal.
May 5, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Six federally protected sea lions were apparently shot to death on the Columbia River as they lay in open traps put out to ensnare the animals, which eat endangered salmon. State and federal authorities are investigating. The discovery came one day after three elephant seals were found shot to death at a breeding ground in Central California. Trapping will be suspended during the investigation, said Rick Hargrave, a spokesman for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife who was at the scene Sunday.
April 17, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
U.S. District Judge Michael Mosman denied a request by the Humane Society of the United States to block the government from killing protected sea lions at Bonneville Dam. Indian tribes and fishermen say the sea lions are eating threatened salmon. The killing could start by the end of this week.
March 30, 2008 | Cristy Lytal, Special to The Times
On the new family adventure film "Nim's Island," which opens in theaters Friday, animal trainer Katie Brock's co-workers included two Australian sea lions, three Australian central bearded dragons, two Australian pelicans, an assortment of lace monitors, Shingleback lizards, camels, goats, dogs and spiders. But since most of these animals were already seasoned film actors, her real job was training 11-year-old actress Abigail Breslin to work with this exotic menagerie.
March 19, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Traps, pyrotechnics and bean bags shot at sea lions have failed to deter the annual springtime feast of threatened salmon at a Columbia River dam, so federal authorities gave some of them a death sentence. The National Marine Fisheries Service authorized officials to attempt to catch the sea lions that arrive at the base of the Bonneville Dam and hold them for 48 hours to see whether an aquarium or zoo would take them. Otherwise, they could be euthanized along with those that avoid trapping.
January 30, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Ecuador is investigating the clubbing deaths of more than 50 Galapagos Islands sea lions found this month with cracked skulls, a state prosecutor said. The killings had to have been committed by humans, said prosecutor Jaime Estevez, who called them the work "of some people who enjoy watching these animals suffer."
January 18, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
A federal agency recommended killing about 30 sea lions a year at a Columbia River dam where the marine animals feast on salmon migrating upriver to spawn. By many estimates, the sea lions devour about 4% of spring runs. Fishermen and Columbia River tribes have urged action for years against the sea lions at Bonneville Dam. Sea lions are attracted to the dam east of Portland because of the large number of fish that gather there to pass through the fish ladders.
January 13, 2008 | Susan King
Abigail Breslin explored her inner Robinson Crusoe in making the family film "Nim's Island" in Australia. "I got to wear all of these really cool clothes and have a telescope by my side," says the 11-year-old, who earned an Oscar nomination for her role as a wannabe child beauty queen in 2006's "Little Miss Sunshine." "I got to wear a lizard on my shoulder and walk around with a sea lion on a beach and cut down coconuts."
December 18, 2007 | Jennifer Delson, Times Staff Writer
It took lots of rest, relaxation, hefty fish dinners and coaching, but Captain Hook is over his travel anxiety. The 1,100-pound sea lion -- named for the 70 hooks found stuck in him when he was rescued off Newport Beach -- was hoisted early Monday onto a Coast Guard cutter for release off San Clemente Island. "He had more hooks than I've ever seen in one animal," said Michele Hunter of the Pacific Marine Mammal Center in Laguna Beach.
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