sea lions

Tom Banse / Northwest News Network

In a clash of protected species, Pacific Northwest members of Congress are coming down in favor of salmon. The U.S. Senate Commerce Committee is scheduled to vote Thursday morning to make it easier to kill sea lions who feast on Columbia and Willamette River salmon and steelhead.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

State wildlife officers trapped and killed six salmon-chomping sea lions at Bonneville Dam earlier this week.