$10,000 Reward for Sea Lion Shootings Info

Since December 1, eight California sea lions have washed up on the shores of Puget Sound. Seven of the deceased marine mammals contained bullet fragments. On average about five to ten are shot locally each year, though they are protected animals, so eight deaths in two months is a serious spike. NOAA is investigating the situation, and they have a hotline for the public to phone in tips:


A $10,000 reward has also been offered by the Sea Shepard Society.

“This is a violation of U.S. Federal law and the person or persons responsible for these shootings must be apprehended and brought to justice,” said Captain Paul Watson. (Source: Sea Shepard Society)

Some fisherman continually express frustration with the sea lions taking fish they want and even becoming entangled in their nets, so they are often considered the first suspects when there is a spike in sea lion deaths, but in 2008 a suspicious increase turned out to be from heat stroke.

In this most recent case, bullet fragments within the animals clearly indicate human involvement. The fragments are being analyzed to see if it is possible they all came from the same gun.

There have been examples of sea lion attacks from the fishing industry in recent years, such as in 2010 a California fisherman was convicted of shooting a sea lion and was sentenced to thirty days in jail and a $50,000 fine. A year later a San Diego fisherman admitted to having shot a sea lion.

Image Credit: David Crosby


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Debbie Crowe
Debbie Crowe3 years ago

I'm sure whoever shot the Sea Lions will brag and tell someone else. Hopefully that person will know about the reward and turn the scum heads in.

Andrea A.
Andrea A.3 years ago

Thanks for sharing.

Isabel Ramirez
Isabel Ramirez3 years ago

Why would anyone shoot sea lions?

paula eaton
paula eaton3 years ago

Hope the monster who did this is caught. He or she will probably be bragging about it and somebody will turn them in.

Sandi C.
Sandi C.3 years ago


Carrie Anne Brown

hope they catch the people who did this, thanks for sharing :)

Zana Zatanique
Jan Alexanian3 years ago

May the shooters rot in hell.

Darla G.
Darla G.3 years ago

The POS who shot these beautiful animals needs to be found....and given the same treatment he/she gave the animals.

Cheryl B.
Cheryl B.3 years ago

hopefully the scum will be caught

heather g.
heather g.3 years ago

I'm afraid that the gun-slingers have won out again - since this was written. And I thought I was moving to a First World environment ???