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January 12, 2020 - LA Times

Sea lions are cash cows in the Bay Area. Farther south, fishermen say, 'Shoot em'

Sea lions are cash cows in the Bay Area. Farther south, fishermen say, 'Shoot em'
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Sea lions are increasingly living in parallel universes along the California coast, a disparity best observed amid the noisy, stinking spectacle that rolls out daily at San Francisco's Pier 39 shopping center.

"The sea lions are a godsend: a natural attraction that's phenomenal for business," Sheila Chandor, Pier 39 harbormaster, said on a recent weekday as tourists snapped selfies against a backdrop of sea lions piled up like cordwood on docks. Elsewhere in California, sea lions are pariahs. The animals that head south for their summer breeding season are sometimes welcomed with arrows, harpoons, electric cattle prods, gunfire, bombs and fish laced with chemicals.

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