6 Stellar Sea Lions have been found dead. They were shot near the Bonneville Dam on the Columbia River that is the border of Washington and Oregon. As you may recall there was an order to remove(at the time they were to be caught and killed)the Sea Lions from the area because it was thought that they were contributing to the decline in salmon numbers. I hardly think that 60 Sea Lions would be the cause for the entire decline of the total salmon numbers on the west coast of the USA When the order came out there was an immediate law suit and stop order to the action by the American Humane Society(good for them). The Sea Lions were then to be caught and relocated to various zoos and other captive areas around the world.
The 6 Sea Lions were found today around noon by the mammal marine biologist working the relocation effort. The Sea Lions were shot in the capture cages on the floating barges set up to catch them. The local authorities are treating the area as a crime scene. They are currently looking into how to remove the bodies to do further exams.