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May 26, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Salmon recovery

Start by reducing seal population

With regard to saving the salmon, the first place to start is by drastically reducing the seal population in Puget Sound [“Salmon plan needs more work, judge says,” NWTuesday, May 19].

I live on Hood Canal and have had property here since 1957. Salmon used to be plentiful here, but with the passage of the Marine Mammal Protection Act, seals began to proliferate and the salmon began to disappear.

Seals feed on salmon. Right now what we’re really doing is spending millions to help bring the salmon back in order to feed more seals. It makes no sense whatsoever to let one protected species devour another protected species.

— Joy Mauser, Hansville

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