|Starving dying baby sea lion Los Angeles, California Mary Cummins Animal Advocates|
Some assholes are throwing rocks at, kicking, taking their pics with the dying animals. Others are trying to rescue, give water, feed them. All of these things are bad for the sea lions and illegal. They are too weak to eat or drink. They can also bite especially the adults.
There is something you can do to make the last hours of the baby sea lions' lives more peaceful. Get some stakes, caution tape and print out the marine mammal warning sign below. Place four stakes in a square about ten feet apart around the baby sea lion (don't get near adults as they are too dangerous). Tie caution tape near the top of the stakes so baby can move if he wants to but people can still easily see the caution tape. Staple a print out of the marine mammal warning sign on one stake.
Stay on the beach and guard the sea lions. Have your video camera handy in case people try to harass or harm the sea lions. If you see someone harassing them and you believe it's safe for you to approach the person, tell them it's a crime to harass marine mammals with fines of $10,000 per incident. Here is some information about enforcing the Marine Mammal Protection Act. http://www.elephantseal.org/fordocents/Docent%20Handbook%202014/Tab%204-3%20Marine%20Mammal%20Harrassment-statement.pdf
When people approach use the opportunity to talk about the sea lion crisis. It's caused by change in ocean temperatures which is causing the fish they eat to move farther off shore. Mothers have travel longer distances to get food then they have to come back to the islands to feed their young. Mothers and babies are starving and end up being pulled by the currents and washed onto the shore to die.
|Dying starving baby sea lions Los Angeles California Mary Cummins Animal Advocates|
Remember, always remove all your stakes, tape and signs when you leave the beach. Reuse the stakes, tape and signs. Wear a hat, use sunblock, bring your own water in a reusable bottle.
- 25-Pack 36-in Wood Landscape Stakes $13
- Couple rolls of caution tape 3" x 1,000' $3.99
- 20 8"x11" printed out Marine Mammal warning signs
Do not get near adult sea lions. They are too dangerous even in their dimished condition. If you see someone getting near an adult, warn them and quote the law. Thanks.
Mary Cummins of Animal Advocates is a wildlife rehabilitator licensed by the California Department of Fish and Game and the USDA. Mary Cummins is also a licensed real estate appraiser in Los Angeles, California.
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