Last month, a federal court told wildlife officers to end their three-year strategy of killing the California sea lions that, previously safeguarded by their status under the 1972 Marine Mammal Protection Act, had turned the Bonneville pool into their own personal salmon smorgasbord.

Here’s what was interesting about that: The two entities that sued to stop the killing of the sea lions — just over four dozen of which have been removed during the last three years of upriver salmon runs — were the Wild Fish Conservancy and the Humane Society of the U.S. (HSUS).

Why is that interesting? Because, at first glance, the two look like strange bedfellows.

While I might not always agree with Wild Fish Conservancy’s policies and philosophies, the group (which was called Washington Trout until 2007) has a solid history in weighing in on fish management policies and is staffed by reputable biologists. Whereas everything I have read over the years about the HSUS makes me want to warn friends and family about its very existence.

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