OLYMPIA, WA — A bill cleared the U.S. Senate that will make it easier to kill sea lions that feast on salmon in the Columbia River.
The measure would allow a more streamlined process for Washington and Idaho to capture and euthanize sea lions.
Supporters say the bill will protect salmon and steelhead and give wildlife managers greater flexibility in controlling sea lions.
Critics call the bill ill-conceived and say it won’t solve the problem of declining salmon.
The bill sponsored by Idaho Senator Jim Risch and Washington Senator Maria Cantwell cleared the senate on Thursday.