So now we're supposed to do without electricity and flood protection too, just so the sea lions can have free range. I don't think so. you guys are living in a differnt world that has a whole different notion of reality. Man is not at the bottom of the food chain, or any other chain and we've moved beyond strict nature a long time ago.
We are never going to agree on this subject, so there's no sense getting in a snit over it. I would still invite you to come on out to the Columbia and take a look and watch a group of sea lions ripping salmon to pieces for the sport of it. Watch what happens when a couple of bull sea lions park themselves at the mouth of one of our small spawning streams. You really need to see the predation for yourselves before you proclaim that these creatures have little affect on the salmon population.
I would also invite you to bring your kayaks and paddle amongst a pod of these monsters and see what a warm fuzzy feeling it gives you. I give these buggers a wide, wide berth whenever I see them, but sometimes you find yourself right in the middle of them and they have a way of letting you know that you aren't welcome.