The Humane Society of the United States and The Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust are offering a reward of $2,500 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for illegally shooting multiple California sea lions and Steller sea lions.
Sea lions with gunshot wounds have been discovered on beaches in southern Washington and northern Oregon.
"Whoever is responsible for this senseless and illegal cruelty must be brought to justice," said Dan Paul, Washington state director for The HSUS. "The Humane Society of the United States thanks NOAA for investigating this case."
Both species of sea lion are protected by the Marine Mammal Protection Act, and Steller sea lions are further protected by the Endangered Species Act.
Investigators ask that anyone with information about this case contact the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration at 360-268-6239.
Callers may remain anonymous.
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