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Now, I know you’ve all been on tenterhooks (or flippers) since my earlier report this month over the controversy surrounding the sea lions of the Columbia River dam. You’ll remember how the National Marine Fisheries Service wanted to trap or kill 85 sea lions annually because of their voracious appetite for salmon? Well, the Humane Society sought an emergency order to contest this federal authority and I’m happy to report they won. Sort of.

Last week, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco granted the emergency order, saying: “The lethal taking of California sea lions is, by definition, irreparable. This logic also applies to the salmon consumed by the sea lions.” The court said the reprieve would only apply to the spring chinook run and that it hoped the case would be resolved by next year. The federal authorization recommended an annual take of about 30 sea lions. A full appeals court is scheduled for May 8th in Pasadena.

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A Restraining Order For Sea Lions?

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Upon hearing the term “restraining order”, one usually conjures up images of domestic disputes between the rich and famous. But what about a restraining order imposed by the Human Society of the United States on the National Marine Fisheries Services over the capturing or killing of sea lions who feast on salmon in a Columbia River dam?

Interesting, right? With more legs than a salacious E! special. (Not that seals or salmon have legs, but you know what I mean.)

In a motion filed in the U.S. District Court, the Humane Society wants a permanent injunction imposed on agents from the Fisheries Service to prevent them from taking sea lions from the Bonneville Dam. If the request is denied, they plan to seek a temporary restraining order instead.

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