A spokesman for the state's Department of Fish and Wildlife told AFP the lethal removals of the California sea lions began in mid-December and would continue through May. Rick Swart said the killings were necessary to save migrating steelhead that have been ravaged by the sea lions in recent years as they swim upstream from the ocean to spawn. "Our scientists believe that if these sea lions aren't removed, that run of steelhead could go extinct anytime," Swart said. "Two years ago, the sea lions destroyed 25 percent of that wild steelhead run," Swart added. He said the state was authorized to kill up to 93 sea lions a year but he expected that no more than 40 would be removed this year.
Source: The Nation Bangkok January 11, 2019 23:03 UTC