Information Sought on Sea Otter Shooting on Morro Bay Beach

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Posted by California Department of Fish and Game on June 30, 2010 at 17:13:19:

California Department of Fish and Game News Release


Contacts: Warden Hank Hodel, DFG Law Enforcement, (805) 610-3920
Kirsten Macintyre, DFG Communications, (916) 322-8988

Information Sought on Sea Otter Shooting on Morro Bay Beach

The Department of Fish and Game (DFG) is seeking information about a sea otter that was shot in Morro Bay on Thursday, June 24.

The young female otter was found just north of the Morro Strand Campground along the beach in Morro Bay. Wardens estimate that the animal was killed by a shot to the head between 9 a.m. and noon. A necropsy was conducted and the weapon was determined to be a pellet gun.

DFG is seeking witnesses or any information related to the shooting. Anyone with information is urged to contact DFG Warden Hank Hodel at (805) 610-3920. An anonymous report can also be made by calling DFG's CalTIP line, 1-888-DFG-CALTIP.

Sea otters are federally protected by the Marine Mammal Protection Act and the Code of Federal Regulations. If convicted of shooting an otter, an individual can face up to $10,000 in fines.

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