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NEWS Associated Press Writer ANCHORAGE - A count of Alaska's Steller sea lion pups indicates the state's two populations are headed in different directions for recovery.

Good news, bad news, for Alaska sea lion numbers

Steller sea lions swim in Icy Strait near Hoonah. Sea lion pups in Southeast Alaska are thriving, but those in the western population, from Prince William Sound to the Aleutian Islands and the Bering Sea, are still struggling. The eastern population, which includes those in Southeast Alaska, may be close to being removed from the threatened species list.
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Steller sea lions swim in Icy Strait near Hoonah. Sea lion pups in Southeast Alaska are thriving, but those in the western population, from Prince William Sound to the Aleutian Islands and the Bering Sea, are still struggling. The eastern population, which includes those in Southeast Alaska, may be close to being removed from the threatened species list.
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