OCEAN PARK (AP) — A beach driver ran over a mother harbor seal in the dunes at Ocean Park on the Washington coast causing a fatal injury.
KBKW reports local wildlife rescuers spotted the seal and newborn resting April 20 and put signs on the beach to alert drivers to avoid the area. But the next morning they found the mother had been hit. She was paralyzed and had to be euthanized. Her pup was gone.
Harming a harbor seal is a violation of the federal Marine Mammal Protection Act and anyone with information about this case is asked to call the NOAA fisheries hotline at 1-800-853-1964.
In addition, the Humane Society of the United States is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the conviction of the driver.