Information sought in sea lion shooting death

Posted: Thursday, August 12, 2010

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration wants information in the shooting-related death of a 1-year-old male Steller sea lion last week.

According to a news release on NOAA's website, a sea lion was found dead at about 5:30 p.m. Aug. 6 at Boy Scout Beach. The animal had been sighted near the vicinity earlier in the week.

NOAA Fisheries veterinarian Kate Savage found a bullet casing in the sea lion's shoulder Saturday when performing a necropsy.

"The probable cause of death is starvation resulting from the injury," said Savage. "The sea lion was unable to forage due to the wound in its shoulder, which was already badly infected."

NOAA Fisheries Office of Law Enforcement requests that anyone with information on the shooting to call 586-7225 or the NOAA Enforcement hotline at 800-853-1964.

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