Sea lion relocation fails at Willamette Falls

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The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife says its latest attempt to discourage savvy sea lions from feasting on native fish at Willamette Falls has proven to be an exercise in futility.

The agency reports more than 25 California sea lions and Steller sea lions continue to prey on salmon, steelhead, sturgeon and lamprey at the falls between West Linn and Oregon City.

The state spent five weeks in February and March relocating 10 California sea lions to a beach south of Newport, only to see the animals return within four to six days. One of the sea lions was even captured and relocated to the coast twice but swam back both times.

LINK (via: The Daily Astorian)

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