California sea lion.(NOAA Fisheries) Since September, at least 1 3 dead California sea lions have been reported dead along the…
Since September, at least 1
3 dead California sea lions have been reported dead along the coast of Puget Sound near Seattle, including six with a shot injury and another discovery Tuesday with their head cut off according to conservation groups.
Seal Sitter’s Marine Mammal Stranding Network, a group responding to dead or stranded sea lions, confirmed that seven of the dead lions were suspected of having died of “acute trauma” caused by people, reported the Seattle Times
Earlier this month was spilled the carcass of a bullet-riddled sea lion up along a West Seattle coast and another was found the following day.
“Honestly, I just could not see what I had seen the day before,” said Randie Stone, who discovered a dead sea lion on November 14th. “To me, this is a scary act.”
NOAA Fisheries , the federal authority responsible for managing marine resources, has confirmed the death of five sea lions, including four as a result of injuries, said a spokesman.
The federal government estimates that between 700 and 7007 California sea lions have been found with a shooting or stab ulcer.
A local marine care group announced a $ 5,500 reward for capturing those who are in charge of the sea lion war, reported Seatles KING TV.
Robin Lindsey, Seal Sitters, said that reports of scottings usually increase along with fish runs.
In the fall and spring, sea lions have been reported in Puget Sound when man moves from Channel Islands in southern California to feed for food, says NOAA Fisheries spokesman Kristin Wilkinson.
“According to those living and working along Elliott Bay and Duwamish Waterfront, shots were heard even more this year,” Lindsey wrote in a November 21 post on Seal Sitter’s Blubberblog.
The sea lions can be found mainly along the west coast and are prot ected under the Marine Mammal Protection Act.
Previously hunted for pets and skins, California sea lions were once on the brink of extinction, but their population has recovered from less than 90,000 in 1975 to over 250,000 years in 2014.