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January 30, 2012 at 8:13 PM

$10,000 reward offered in sea-lion killings

Speaking by phone Monday from the Sea Shepherd ship Steve Irwin in Antarctica waters, Capt. Paul Watson said his group is offering a $10,000 reward to anyone providing information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons who killed sea lions in Puget Sound.

Washington wildlife officials say eight  sea lions have been found dead in the Puget Sound region in recent weeks — some of them apparently shot.

Anyone with information on the Puget Sound sea-lion deaths can call the NOAA National Enforcement Hotline at 800-853-1964, which is manned 24 hours a day.

Watson, 61, a Canadian, founded the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society in 1977, to “serve the whales, dolphins, seals — and all the other creatures on this Earth.”

He has had numerous confrontations with whaling ships, and said that on Monday, the Steve Irwin, named after the late “Crocodile Hunter,” was in the Ross Sea in below zero temperatures, in a storm, “surrounded  by icebergs,” in a chase of a Japanese whaling ship.

Watson said that in 2011, his group offered a reward of $11,500 New Zealand dollars (about $9,500 U. S. dollars) for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the clubbing deaths of 23 fur seals in that country.

He said the money was paid when a man was convicted. Watson said the reward money comes from donors.

 

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