Search for Injured Sea Lion Gets Serious

Saturday, Dec 5, 2009  |  Updated 6:21 PM PDT
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Wildlife experts will try today to capture a sea lion that is suffering from an apparent gunshot wound.

The wayward creature, which has been dubbed Sammy, has been seen in Old Sacramento and as far away as San Francisco.

Officials from the Sausalito-based Marine Mammal Center want to catch the animal and nurse it back to health.

The sea lion has been roaming up and down the Sacramento River, and was seen Monday sitting on a dock in Clarksburg for about 14 hours. As of Tuesday morning, Sammy was not at the dock, but an angler said he saw the creature swimming nearby.

Sammy, who tips the scales at an estimated 400 pounds, is suffering from a head wound.

Fisherman Larry Legans was earlier arrested in connection with the shooting. He faces a charge of animal cruelty.

Experts said Sammy's wound is weeping and needs treatment. They added that he appears to be lethargic.

This article originally appeared on KCRA.com

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