3 states again ask for killing of sea lions

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Oregon, Washington state and Idaho have formally asked the federal government to resume killing sea lions that eat salmon at the Bonneville Dam.

The application from the fish and wildlife agencies of the three states begins anew the process of considering whether the sea lions should be able to eat their fill of threatened fish in the Columbia River. The federal fisheries agency says it's considering whether to form a task force.

In 2008, the states won approval for killing the hungriest of the sea lions.

But that ended after a federal appeals court questioned how the agencies would say the sea lions are a threat to the survival of threatened species but don't take any steps against fishing by humans -- which takes many more salmon and steelhead.