August 2, 2007 6:53 PM

Crackdown may loom on sea lions' 'buffet'

Dozens of California sea lions who've turned part of the Columbia River into an all-you-can-eat salmon buffet appeared to win a reprieve from a congressional subcommittee chairman, but only a temporary one. The sea lion-salmon smackdown pits two of the nation's pre-eminent environmental laws, the Endangered Species Act and the Marine Mammal Protection Act, against each other.

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