At least 8 sea lions found shot to death around Puget Soundon January 27, 2012 @ 5:57 pm (Updated: 9:55 pm - 1/27/12 )
The latest was discovered Monday at Lincoln Park in West Seattle. The regional marine mammal protection group Seal Sitters reports a necropsy revealed the sea lion was killed by a bullet to the lung.
Observer Robin Lindsay speculates with fish stocks running strong, some fishermen are shooting the sea lions because they are actively feeding.
"Unfortunately, some people just don't like the sea lions and seals feeding on fish," said Lindsay.
Sea lions are federally protected with penalties for killing them ranging from fines to jail time.
Both the Washington's Department of Fish and Wildlife and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are investigating the deaths. KING 5 reports the bodies of seven sea lions were recently found on the Nisqually River, all apparently shot as well.
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