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U.S. Probes Shooting Deaths Of 6 Sea Lions Off Washington Coast

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https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entr...-washington-coast_us_5bfb6d83e4b03b230fa32ad7

Experts say the protected animals were likely killed by fishermen.


Federal officials are investigating the shooting deaths of six sea lions along the Washington state coast in what experts suspect is a plot by fishermen to eliminate competition for fish. A seventh animal was found decapitated.

A total of 13 sea lions have been found dead in Puget Sound since September, according to the Seal Sitters Marine Mammal Stranding Network. Those not shot likely died from unspecified “acute trauma” in interactions with humans.

All the deaths are being investigated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries. It’s illegal to kill or harm sea lions, which are protected by federal law and penalties that include up to a year’s imprisonment and a $25,000 fine.
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Making a living as a fisherman must be tough but this sort of thing crosses a line.
 

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https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entr...-washington-coast_us_5bfb6d83e4b03b230fa32ad7

Experts say the protected animals were likely killed by fishermen.


Federal officials are investigating the shooting deaths of six sea lions along the Washington state coast in what experts suspect is a plot by fishermen to eliminate competition for fish. A seventh animal was found decapitated.

A total of 13 sea lions have been found dead in Puget Sound since September, according to the Seal Sitters Marine Mammal Stranding Network. Those not shot likely died from unspecified “acute trauma” in interactions with humans.

All the deaths are being investigated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries. It’s illegal to kill or harm sea lions, which are protected by federal law and penalties that include up to a year’s imprisonment and a $25,000 fine.
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Making a living as a fisherman must be tough but this sort of thing crosses a line.

If the goal is to eliminate those who harvested more than their fair share, then if the fisherman should be killing each other.
 

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I doubt they will be caught, but it is terrible news that this is happening.
 

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When I lived in NJ there were marshy areas where conservationists had built nests atop telephone poles for sea bird nests. The birds began disappearing as the local fisherman didn't care for the competition.
 
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