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Information Being Sought on Shooting of Three Sea Otters in Monterey County

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The California Department of Fish and Wildlife offered a $21,000 reward today for information on the fatal shooting of three sea otters in Monterey County last fall. The otters were found on Asilomar State Beach in Pacific Grove in early September 2013, all three dead of gunshot wounds. While wildlife officials find around one sea otter a year that has been shot and killed on average, finding three at the same location in a short time frame is “unprecedented,” according to Dr. Melissa Miller, a veterinary pathologist with the department of fish and wildlife’s Marine Wildlife Veterinary Care and Research Center in Santa Cruz.

“While these gunshot cases are rare, they are disturbing because they are intentional,” Miller said. “These animals are living on the brink, facing a host of threats from pollution to shark attacks. The last thing they need is people actively and intentionally harming them.” The reward is being offered by a partnership including the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, state wildlife officials and several nonprofits and donors.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is leading the investigation into the shooting because sea otters are a federally-listed endangered species, with only around 2,900 individuals remaining in the wild.

Please call the Fugitive Watch hot line at 1-800-9-CAUGHT (1-800-922-8448) or text us at 408-355-0999 or CLICK HERE to send a confidential email tip, if you have any information that can help solve this crime

Por favor llame la línea de Los Fugitivos en 1-800-9-CAUGHT (1-800-922-8448) o texto en 408-355-0999 o haga clic aquí para envia un email a [email protected], si usted tiene alguna información que pueda ayudar a resolver este crimen.

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