Someone shot three threatened sea otters in California.
Someone shot three sea otters in southern California and left them to rot. And California wildlife officials are offering up a $10,000 reward for info leading to the culprits responsible.
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife and U.S. Fish and Wildlife service have offered up the huge reward with the assistance of the state Department of Fish and Wildlife, private donors and the Monterey Bay Aquarium.
Officials say a poacher or poachers who the threatened sea otters sometime in late July or the early part of August. ABC News 7 reports the bodies may have been out at sea for several weeks before they finally washed ashore and were discovered.
The otters were found between Santa Cruz Harbor and Seacliff State Beach in mid-August. All three sea otters were males. Officials are asking anyone who finds any additional sea otters dead to leave them in place and report the discovery to wildlife officials as they continue their investigation.
Killing a sea otter is a very big deal in California, one that officials apparently take very seriously. Poaching just one sea otter can land someone not only in jail, but can also see them hit with a staggering $100,000 in fines.
If you have any information about the poacher or poachers responsible, contact the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at 650-876-9078 or California's poaching tip line at 1-888-334-2258