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Bill would make it easier to kill salmon-munching sea lions

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Legislation that would make it easier to allow the killing of salmon-eating California sea lions in the Columbia River was approved Thursday by a U.S. House committee.

The bill, introduced by Rep. Doc Hastings, passed the House Natural Resources Committee in a 22-16 vote.

“For years, Northwest ratepayers have paid hundreds of millions of dollars every year on measures to protect endangered salmon migrating through the Columbia River dams, only to see a growing number fall prey to aggressive sea…

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