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August 4, 2010

Reward Offered in Sea Lion Killing in Del Norte County, Calif.

The Humane Society of the United States and The Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust are offering a reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for illegally shooting a sea lion in Del Norte County, Calif.

The Case:

According to the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, on July 24, staff and volunteers from the North Coast Marine Mammal Center responded to a call about a yearling sea lion who was found wounded on a beach at the mouth of the Smith River. The sea lion had been shot with an arrow and died on July 25.

"This cruel shooting is a serious crime and we implore anyone with information to come forward," said Jennifer Fearing, California senior state director for The HSUS. "The Humane Society of the United States is greatly appreciative of the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration's investigation."

Killing a sea lion is a violation of the federal Marine Mammal Protection Act and is punishable by up to a year in prison and up to a $100,000 fine.

Poaching:

  • Wildlife officials estimate that for every wild animal killed legally — tens of millions of animals per year — another is killed illegally.
  • Every year, thousands of poachers are arrested nationwide; however, it is estimated that only 1 percent to 5 percent of poached animals are discovered by law enforcement.
  • Poachers injure or kill wildlife anytime, anywhere and sometimes do so in particularly cruel ways. Wildlife officials report that poachers often commit other crimes as well.
  • The HSUS and HSWLT work with state and federal wildlife agencies to offer rewards of $2,500 for information leading to arrest and conviction of suspected poachers.

The Investigators:

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the NOAA fisheries hotline at 1-800-853-1964 or Special Agent Tim Broadman at 707-826-9247. Callers may remain anonymous.

The HSUS and HSWLT work to curb poaching across the country. Visit humanesociety.org/poaching for more information.

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