Seals and California sea lions gather on the docks of the East End Mooring Basin in Astoria, Oregon, in 2015. A big rebound in the sea lion population along the West Coast in recent years has created a constant battle to wrangle the protected animals. They’re proving to be a headache for some coastal marinas. (Joshua Bessex/Daily Astorian via AP, File)

Seals and California sea lions gather on the docks of the East End Mooring Basin in Astoria, Oregon, in 2015. A big rebound in the sea lion population along the West Coast in recent years has created a constant battle to wrangle the protected animals. They’re proving to be a headache for some coastal marinas. (Joshua Bessex/Daily Astorian via AP, File)

Sea lions are creating big trouble at Northwest ports

Their population has rebounded in recent years to a level seven times that of the late 1960s.

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