ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) — The Port of Astoria is trying to keep its docks free of sea lions with railings welded and painted by Knappa High School students.
The teenagers installed the rails at East End Mooring Basin last week, where a state wildlife official says an all-time high of 3,800 sea lions were recently counted.
Knappa High School metal shop students welded the railings and the art class added painted depictions of marine life.
Students also installed a hanging metallic salmon sign directing visitors to the area.Previous attempts to discourage sea lions from using the docks include electrified mats and beach balls.
Sea lions are still expected to congregate at the Columbia River, which contains food sources like smelt and salmon.