Oregon town spooks sea lions with wacky waving inflatable tube men

 Oregon town spooks sea lions with wacky waving inflatable tube men

Has Astoria found a way to drive away pinnipeds humanely?

 Much to the chagrin of locals, many tourists flock to the quaint Victorian seafaring hub of Astoria, Oregon, to see two things: the fictional home of “Goonies” protagonist Mikey Walsh (damned out-of-towners, stop truffle-shuffling on my lawn!) and a sizable colony of sea lions that have co-opted the city’s portside docks.

While “Goonies” fans can easily be warded off with sternly worded signage (and hey, there’s still the “Short Circuit” house and the school from “Kindergarten Cop” to gawk at), getting thousands of blubbery, barking marine mammals to disperse in a cooperative manner has proven to be one hell of a task. Read more.