Posted by Eagle Ray on October 01, 2002 at 11:16:01:
In Reply to: Re: Sea Lions posted by L.B.spearo on October 01, 2002 at 10:37:44:
Great link! Here is what the DFG outlines as proper and legal methods of detering sea lions. It looks like shooting at them would definitely be against the law.
Q. Can private individuals do anything to prevent sea lions from invading and fouling our docks and boats?
A. All marine mammals are protected and managed by the federal government, under the stewardship of the National Marine Fisheries Service (the State has no jurisdiction). The 1994 Amendments to the Marine Mammal Protection Act gave property owners and government officials the authority to protect private and public property by deterring sea lions, provided the acts do not result in serious injury or death to the animal. Recreational fishermen can deter sea lions from damaging their gear and catch, again provided that the acts of deterrence do not result in serious injury or death to the animal. Methods may involve preventing access, acoustic devices, seal bombs, boat hazing, spraying with water, or lightly prodding. One cannot break skin, or direct an act at the head or eyes of the sea lion, or direct acts at seal lions that are hauled out on rocks or beaches. Firearms, crossbows, spearguns, harpoons, javelins, arrows, spears, or other similar devices are prohibited. Relocating sea lions or offering them tainted fish or other consumables is also prohibited.
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