SAUSALITO, Calif., Dec. 6 (UPI) — A sea lion allegedly shot by a Sacramento River fisherman is resting after being rescued, a spokesman for an animal center in Sausalito, Calif., says.
Marine Mammal Center spokesman Jim Oswald said the injured marine mammal was captured by center staff members Saturday and is being allowed time to recuperate from its injuries and the stress of its capture, The Sacramento Bee reported Sunday.
The sea lion is suspected of having been shot by Larry Allen Legans Nov. 11 in the Sacramento River near Verona, Calif. The 43-year-old fisherman, who is facing three misdemeanors, allegedly told authorities he shot it because it was eating the fish he was trying to catch.
Oswald told the Bee the sea lion, which has a wound near one of its eyes, appears to have lost weight since being shot. Center workers want to rehydrate the animal during its stay, he added.
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