Sea lion shootings : $5,000 reward offered

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Posted by on February 17, 2009 at 12:50:42:

A marine animal rescue group is asking for help in finding who is responsible for a spate of sea lion shootings along the Los Angeles County coastline. At least four sea lions have been found with bullet wounds at area beaches since the beginning of the year, and at least one of them survived, said Peter Wallerstein, the founding director of Marine Animal Rescue.

The latest victim was a 9-month-old pup found Feb. 3 at Dockweiler Beach in Santa Monica Bay. Wallerstein said his group received a call about the animal from a concerned beachgoer.

“When we arrived on scene we saw this little 30-pound, 9-month-old sea lion pup lying on the beach,” Wallerstein said. At first glance, the animal appeared healthy. “Then he started dragging his back end like he couldn’t move it,” he said. “I was hoping it wasn’t what I thought it was.”

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