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Crews using fireworks to scare sea lions away from salmon

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

Wildlife workers will be working to protect Chinook salmon and steelhead without killing sea lions.

Instead, the plan is to scare them away.

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife will haze California sea lions below the fish ladders at Willamette Falls starting Feb. 4.

It's the third year of a pilot program to see whether nonlethal methods of dealing with the sea lions can be effective in moving them away from Willamette Falls to protect the fish.

Crews will deploy specially designed fireworks from the Willamette Falls fish ladder and from a boat to move the animals away from where salmon and steelhead congregate before entering fish ladders.

The hazing will happen every day during daylight hours through April 30. The program is restricted to the Willamette River from Willamette Falls to the Interstate 205 Bridge about a mile downstream.

No hazing will occur downstream of the I-205 Bridge.

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