West Coast

$20,000 reward offered for information about Puget Sound sea lion shootings

NOAA Fisheries’ Office of Law Enforcement is offering up to a $20,000 reward for information after more than 12 sea lions were found shot around West Seattle since September.

A reward of up to $20,000 is being offered for information that leads to a conviction in the shootings of California sea lions around West Seattle, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced Wednesday.

Since September, more than 12 sea lions have been confirmed shot in King and Kitsap counties, according to NOAA.

“We are concerned about a number of recent reports of marine mammal deaths caused by gunshots in the greater Seattle area. OLE investigates all reported unlawful takes of sea lions,” said Greg Busch, Assistant Director of the West Coast Division of NOAA Fisheries’ Office of Law Enforcement.

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