Sea lion lounging on Columbia River

A large sea lion lounging on a Columbia River marker near St. Helens waterfront, March 8, 2014 (Columbia County Sheriff's Office)
A large sea lion lounging on a Columbia River marker near St. Helens waterfront, March 8, 2014 (Columbia County Sheriff's Office)

ST. HELENS, Ore. (KOIN) — A large sea lion was seen lounging on a Columbia River marker by sheriff’s deputies on Saturday.

The marine patrol was just on the river and saw the sea lion near the St. Helens waterfront.

Since 2008, the fish and wildlife agencies in Washington, Oregon and Idaho have been able to use lethal measures to get rid of sea lions that meet specific criteria, such as preying on salmon and steelhead below the Bonneville Dam. Mostly, though, they try to relocate them to zoos and aquariums.

The Columbia County deputies did not say what, if anything, they did with this sea lion.

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