Re "Three sea lions' cavorting only a little odd here" (Our Region, May 7): As I looked at the picture of people in Old Sac celebrating the visiting stellar sea lions, I was almost moved to tears because I am thankful that we treat them with respect unlike the Washington and Oregon fish and wildlife departments at the Bonneville Dam near Astoria, Ore.
There they blame sea lions for the decline in salmon population and "harass" them by throwing bombs at them, shooting at them, capturing and branding them and, finally, euthanizing them. At least two have died from their wounds.
Stomach contents of dead sea lions have shown the majority of the fish they ingest are non-native fish, not salmon. The intake of the dam destroys salmon, and overfishing takes many more. But these people find it easier to use the sea lions as scapegoats.
-- Catherine Vade Bon Coeur, Sacramento