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Using solar-powered electric fences and scarecrows, Petersburg harbor workers seem to have solved the problem of aggressive sea lions near their Southeast city.
Petersburg fends off sea lions 021914 OUTDOORS 1 Associated Press Using solar-powered electric fences and scarecrows, Petersburg harbor workers seem to have solved the problem of aggressive sea lions near their Southeast city.
Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Story last updated at 2/19/2014 - 2:32 pm

Petersburg fends off sea lions

Using solar-powered electric fences and scarecrows, Petersburg harbor workers seem to have solved the problem of aggressive sea lions near their Southeast city.

According to the Petersburg Pilot, sea lions have stayed away from the city's seaplane float and its fish cleaning station for almost a month.

Last year, the city received several reports of aggressive animals, including one that snatched a halibut at the city's fish cleaning station. Kayakers reported sea lions hissing and following them.

Sea lions are safeguarded under the Marine Mammal Protection Act, which limited the city's actions.

The Petersburg borough banned dumping fish waste last year, and harbor staff used noisemakers to scare animals, but the latter effort was expensive and time-consuming.

The city's harbormaster told the Petersburg Pilot the scarecrow dummies will soon be removed.


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