PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- The Humane Society of the United
States has reached agreement with state and federal
governments that blocks killing or permanent removal of sea
lions in the Columbia River until early 2009.
In return, the Humane Society will
drop its appeal in federal court against the U.S. Commerce
Department and the governments of Oregon and Washington,
Sharon Young, the society's field director of marine issues,
A panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court
of Appeals was to hear a case Thursday that could have led
to killing some sea lions at Bonneville Dam on the Columbia
River. An appeals court panel authorized nonlethal trapping
earlier but banned killings until it could hear arguments.
State and federal governments would be
allowed to move sea lions temporarily, brand them for
identification and return them to their original habitats.
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