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Saturday, June 2, 2007

Violent SEIU official in federal violation

An official of the SEIU Local 503 government workers' union faces federal misdemeanor charges of trying to kill a sea lion as it swam in the Multnomah Channel off Sauvie Island last April. In court papers filed this week, federal prosecutors allege 62-year-old James Housley of Ranier, WA violated the Marine Mammal Protection Act. This, by "harassing and attempting to kill a sea lion" by shooting at the animal.

The violation carries a prison sentence of up to one year and up to $$100,000 in fines.

Federal prosecutors say Housley was fishing and became frustrated that a sea lion had taken a salmon off a companion's line. He allegedly shot the animal twice in the head on April 18th. The animal was seriously wounded and in distress. It's not known whether it survived. Fish and Wildlife Service officials called off their search for the wounded sea lion last week.

The animals have been congregating just below Bonneville Dam where salmon get in line to swim up the fish ladders.