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# Southern California Sea Lions in Crisis

April 23, 2015 - 22:31
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## Press Release

Since the beginning of this year, along the California coastline, hundreds of malnourished, starving wild sea lion pups have been washing up on the beaches. There are now so many young sea lions stranding that rescue networks are overwhelmed. Since January 1, rescuers in California have taken in more than 2,500 sick sea lions, most of which are pups. That’s eight times the number they usually see during the first four months of the year.

NMMF has already dedicated $25,000 of our general funds to kick start this effort. However, additional funding is urgently needed to provide the level of support being requested and for the expected duration of the event. The animals that have already come ashore sick and in need of medical attention are likely to be the tip of the iceberg. We anticipate that funding at a level of$100,000 will be needed to adequately respond to this overwhelming stranding crisis.