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Steller sea lions may be taken off endangered-species list

Washington, Oregon and Alaska have asked the federal government to remove Steller sea lions from the endangered-species list.
The Seattle Times

Steller sea lions from Alaska's Panhandle to California's Channel Islands have reached recovery targets and should be removed from the endangered-species list, according to the federal agency that oversees them.

The eastern population of the marine mammal has increased from about 34,000 in 1997 to 70,000 in 2010, according to federal officials.
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