Visitors warned of sea lion at West Linn park

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WEST LINN, Ore. — Police have posted signs at a park on the Willamette River at West Linn warning visitors to steer clear of a large bull sea lion that has hauled out on rocks on the edge of the water.

Police told The Oregonian that people should keep dogs on a leash to avoid tangling with the sea lion.

The Fish and Wildlife Department and Marine Mammal Stranding Network are monitoring the sea lion. They believe it may be resting and recovering from wounds suffered in fights with other large breeding males.

The sea lions prey on salmon near the base of Willamette Falls.