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Northwest sea lions teach humans the folly of fighting Mother Nature

With salmon season in full swing, fishermen line the banks of the Columbia below the Bonneville Dam, the same spot where sea lions gather to do their own fishing. Known as good learners, the sea lions often wait to see where the fishermen put in, then go to the same spot. The Humane Society of the United States, which has sued to keep government officials from killing the sea lions, argues that fishermen catch three times more salmon than the sea lions.