By Bryan Dorr
NORTH BONNEVILLE, Wash.—A California sea lion is spotted resting on a floating cage on Tuesday at the Bonneville Dam, then becoming paranoid by the deterrent device discharging and echoing in the Columbia River Gorge.
The sea lions are ocean-going animals but many have found their way up the Columbia and Willamette rivers to dine or snack on fish. Many fish near the Bonneville Dam are juveniles departing from the nearby hatcheries.
Officials usually discharge rubber bullets or other non-lethal hazing methods permitted by federal law to chase away the sea lions, but the results have been rather unsuccessful.
Sea lions are federally protected animals under the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972. Harassing, harming, or killing a sealion by a private citizen is illegal.
(Editor's note: The video of the sea lion was shot from approximately 1,200 feet away from the sea lion, resulting in using the digital zoom instead of the optical zoom. We typically discourage the use of digital zooming on the camera because of degraded video quality.)