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#31 Arise

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Posted 05 May 2008 - 09:17 PM

I just found this on Sea Lions today.http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/24457199/updated 11:19 a.m. PT, Mon., May. 5, 2008PORTLAND, Ore. - For years, the sea lions lounging at the Bonneville Dam have had easy pickings from salmon waiting to go up fish ladders to upriver spawning grounds.Over the weekend, the federally protected sea creatures were themselves easy prey for a gunman who shot and killed six of the sea lions as they lay in traps meant to humanely catch them.State and federal authorities were investigating the shootings, which came less than two weeks after an appeals court issued a temporary injunction against authorities killing the salmon-gobbling mammals. Agents have been trapping them instead, but trapping will be suspended during the investigation, said Rick Hargrave, a spokesman for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.Fishermen and American Indian tribes have pushed to protect the salmon and remove the sea lions, by lethal force if necessary.The carcasses of the four California sea lions and two Steller sea lions were found Sunday around noon below the Bonneville Dam on the Columbia River on the border of Oregon and Washington.The six animals appear to have been shot by somebody on the Washington side during the night, said Brian Gorman, a spokesman for the National Marine Fisheries Service.Two closed cages each contained the carcasses of two California sea lions and one Steller sea lion, he said.Necropsies were planned for all the animals, and the area was being treated as a crime scene by state and federal agencies, Gorman said.Elephant seals killed earlierThe discovery came one day after three elephant seals were found shot to death at a breeding ground near San Simeon in central California. Investigators will try to determine whether there is any link between the shootings, Gorman said.On the Columbia, seven California sea lions were trapped starting April 24 after the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals approved their capture. One died during a medical inspection before transfer to a Sea World park.Washington and Oregon have been granted federal authorization to capture or kill as many as 85 sea lions a year for five years at the base of the dam.The Humane Society of the United States has gone to court to challenge the authorization, with another hearing set for May 8. Until a judge rules, no animals may be legally killed."We're really shocked," said Sharon Young, a Humane Society spokeswoman, who learned about the sea lion deaths from a reporter. "We're a nation of laws, and we should expect people to abide by them."

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Posted 06 May 2008 - 06:48 AM

Agents have been trapping them instead, but trapping will be suspended during the investigation, said Rick Hargrave, a spokesman for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Typical waste of government money. Say goodbye to salmon fishing...
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Posted 07 May 2008 - 03:15 PM

And so the saga continues... Today, MSNBC has released several new stories regarding the sea lions. First, they are now saying that it appears that the 6 dead sea lions were NOT shot to death, but some have puncture wounds that appear similar to sea lion bites. Basically, they have no idea what really killed them.Then, they found another dead sea lion floating near the Bonneville Damn and retrieved the body to do a necropsy in hopes of determining the cause of death of that one.And finally, the real kick to the teeth of salmon fisherman everywhere...An out-of-court agreement has been reached between the Humane Society of the United States and state and federal governments that BLOCKS KILLING OR PERMANENT REMOVAL OF SEA LIONS in the Columbia River until EARLY 2009!!!Is it just me, or since when did the Humane Society gain the power to dictate how our fish & game departments operate? What gives them the right to decide that a few hundred sea lions are worth more than several hundred thousand salmon? In my opinion, the Humane Society is probably enjoying the fact that there is no salmon fishing season this year. Little do they realize how much of an impact this is going to have on the fish & game's budget for other wildlife programs. I think if they want to save the sea lions, they should have to make a hefty contribution to the Washington & Oregon state fish hatcheries to compensate for the damage that the sea lions are doing to the salmon population. They need to put their money where their mouth is.
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Posted 07 May 2008 - 03:31 PM

They need to put their money where their mouth is.

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Posted 07 May 2008 - 03:38 PM

I don't know where the HSUS gets it's funding but it has a lot of money. With the appointment of so many liberal judges it only stands to reason they would find one to cave in. I also don't understand what the fuss is over the dead sea lions. They've trapped and relocated these animals before only to have them return over and over again. Someone did us all a favor. They suspect an inside job but I wouldn't be surprised to find out it was the Indians. It's a typical grundle f**ked government operation.
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Posted 07 May 2008 - 04:49 PM

The money comes in from the liberal groups. Their money comes from OLD money, like the Pew group, that was all started by the descendants of the founder of Sonoco Oil. John Kerry's wife, Heinz got her money from the Heinz food founders. These people have more money than Jesus on a good sunday. They dole out HUGE amounts to these liberal groups, many of them then pass it along to the really radical ones. (like ELF, etc) There is so much money available to these organizations that it is hard to stop. HS has a LOOOOONG history of backing bad causes. They have screwed up so many times that anyone would a brain would ignore them. But, they have fat wallets and that gets them the ear of the gov't. HS is the largest anti-hunting group in the nation. If you want a great read, pick up the politically incorrect guide to hunting. Boy, that book sheds some light on the dirty deeds. It is a must read and provides great quotes and specific info. I have shut down a few anti's and vegatarians with it.




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