A decade ago, the city erected a fence to prevent people from climbing down on the rocks above the water. With the humans gone, sea lions and cormorant birds occupied the space, just steps from some of the toniest hotels and restaurants in California. Their waste emits foul odors that make some people vomit and drive away customers from places like La Valencia Hotel and George's By the Cove restaurant.
One year ago, those establishments and others, which had formed a group called Citizens for Odor Nuisance Abatement, sued the city over the disruption of their businesses. "It's been building up for years," Bryan Pease a lawyer who filed the suit, told ABC News at the time. "It's just really rancid," he said. "It's like foul anchovies. It just depends on what kind of fish they eat."
t."The lawsuit demanded that the city remove the fence, which would "allow for human foot traffic in the area and encourage the sea lions to congregate elsewhere," ABC reported. Within days, the city put a gate in the fence, allowing people to scramble onto the cliff and trample around the haul-out area favored by the sea lions. But that hasn't chased the animals away. Meanwhile, over the past year, eight sea lions were found riddled with bullets on San Diego County beaches. Six of the shootings occurred in the last three months.