Crafty Sea Lion Befuddles Fish Biologists

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Crafty Sea Lion Befuddles Fish Biologists

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CASCADE LOCKS, Ore. - In his way, C404 is kind of cute, with those sea-lion whiskers, soft brown eyes and furry little head. But to many he is a sea lion either from hell — or from Harvard.

C404 has driven the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Bonneville Dam to near distraction as he and his ilk sit at the base and munch salmon gathered to continue upriver to spawn.

Numerous sea lions head for the dam each spring, but C404 is in a class by himself.

He has figured out how to get into fish ladders that help fish past the dam — where endangered salmon and other fish become his easy prey.

The engineers have used everything legal to get rid of the California sea lion, who may weigh 1,000 pounds or more. They have installed grated exclusion gates and tried huge firecackers, rockets, rubber bullets, and noises sea lions don't like.

But C404 has given them the flipper.

He and a handful of cohorts already are waiting for the spring run of chinook salmon, which starts in earnest in April.

Then C404, named because of a brand applied by a state and federal program, will personify a larger problem, as 100 or more of his buddies join him.

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LOL these sea lions are smart, they know how to get salmon.

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By YCON: posted on 1-4-2006

Probably this realtes to the other item on the starving sea life, has their habitat been depleted so they are forced into this?
By netchicken: posted on 1-4-2006

or maybe like the 100 monkey syndrom. One sealion figures it out and the rest catch on quick
By YCON: posted on 1-4-2006

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