Sea lions are cash cows in the Bay Area. Farther south, fishermen say, ‘Shoot ‘em’

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Male California sea lions gather close together on the docks at Pier 39 in San Francisco. Each winter since 1990, an ever-growing band of the sea lions has converged on the docks there.
(Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)

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Louis Sahagun is a staff writer at the Los Angeles Times. He covers issues ranging from religion, culture and the environment to crime, politics and water. He was on the team of L.A. Times writers that earned the Pulitzer Prize in public service for a series on Latinos in Southern California and the team that was a finalist in 2015 for the Pulitzer Prize in breaking news. He is a CCNMA: Latino Journalists of California board member, and author of the book, “Master of the Mysteries: the Life of Manly Palmer Hall.”