Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife


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

From 2008-16, wildlife managers for WDFW and ODFW removed a total of 161 California sea lions that met the federal criteria for removal below the dam. 139 were euthanized by lethal injection, 15 were placed in zoos and aquariums, and 7 died accidentally in capture traps.

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21st of March, 2017