Return-Path: <firstname.lastname@example.org> Received: from pinyon.libre.com by VMSVAX.SIMMONS.EDU (MX V3.1C) with SMTP; Mon, 22 Aug 1994 23:34:06 EDT Received: from localhost (abresch@localhost) by pinyon.libre.com (8.6.4/8.6.4) id UAA21634; Mon, 22 Aug 1994 20:29:14 -0700 Date: Mon, 22 Aug 1994 20:29:13 -0700 (MST) From: Little Wolf <email@example.com> Subject: Sea Lion Kill - August 31st Deadline for Public Response To: firstname.lastname@example.org Message-ID: <Pine.3.89.9408222015.A21485-0100000@pinyon> MIME-Version: 1.0 Content-Type: TEXT/PLAIN; charset=US-ASCII AUGUST 31st DEADLINE FOR PUBLIC RESPONSE TO SEA LION KILL Washington State is proposing to use a 19th century solution to a 20th century problem. The State is requesting a permit to kill sea lions at the Ballard Locks in response to seriously declining populations of steelhead trout which swim through that man-made waterway. While the sea lions do feed upon trout at the locks, some studies report that sea lion predation is NOT the principle cause of the steelhead decline. OTHER FACTORS, such as concrete structures around the locks and environmental degradation, are the primary reasons for the disappearing steelhead population. Lethal removal of sea lions will not restore salmonoid populations because: (a) the sea lions are not the primary or original cause of the steelhead decline and (b) new sea lions will replace those that have been killed (as demonstrated in previous relocation efforts). Many experts consider this proposed "extermination" a political band-aid diverting precious time, resources, and tax dollars away from addressing the real problems threatening the restoration of steelhead populations. Killing sea lions would represent a resurgence of antiquated and ineffective wildlife management practices: the elimination of natural predators to compensate for poor and inadequate management of natural resources. PUBLIC OPINION ON THIS ISSUE MUST BE MAILED OR FAXED BY AUGUST 31st TO: J. Gary Smith, NMFS, 7600 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, WA 98115 FAX: 206-526-6426 For more information, see the Federal Register notice dated 2 August, #39325/I.D. 0715940). Also, see Mark Fraker's report (May 1994) titled, California Sea Lions and Steelhead Trout at the Chittenden Locks, Seattle, Washington; available from the Marine Mammal Commission, Washington, DC. Several environmental organizations, including Earth Island Institute (contact: Mark Berman, E.I.I., International Marine Mammal Project, 300 Broadway, Suite 28, San Francisco, CA 94133-3312; FAX 415-788-7324), are in opposition to this proposed lethal take.