Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife


How many California sea lions have been removed from the lower Columbia River under federal authorization?

From 2008-14, wildlife managers for WDFW and ODFW removed a total of 73 California sea lions that met the federal criteria for removal below the dam. Of that number, 13 were placed in zoos and aquariums, which has been the states’ first choice whenever an accredited facility can be found to take them. Fifty-five others were euthanized by lethal injection and five died in captivity.

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26th of March, 2015