August 09, 2010
A thin and lethargic sea lion was first reportedly sighted on Tuesday, August 3, 2010 between Amalga Harbor and Boy Scout Beach. It was spotted again in the same vicinity the following day.
The deceased sea lion was discovered on Boy Scout Beach at about 5:30 p.m. on Friday 8/6/10.
NOAA Fisheries Veterinarian Kate Savage performed a necropsy Saturday to determine the cause of death. That's when she discovered a bullet casing in the one-year-old male's shoulder.
"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 also badly infected."
NOAA Fisheries Office of Law Enforcement is asking anyone with information on the shooting to call 586-7225, or the NOAA Enforcement Hotline at 800-853-1964.
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