Local Animal Control Officers are trying to get in touch with the National Marine Fisheries Service, Washington Fish and Wildlife and other federal agencies, to try and get permission to euthanize an injured sea lion. Animal Control says that the sea lion has been lying on a sand bar in the Cowlitz River next to Gerhart Gardens Park, where it has been for several days. Because of the Marine Mammal Protection Act, federal permission is needed to destroy one of these animals. We don’t know yet if that permission has been granted.
A person living up on Cunningham Lane in Kelso called for help early this morning, saying that there were two bears close to the house. The caller also says that one of the bears tried to kill one of his cats. The caller is being referred to the State Patrol and to Washington Fish and Wildlife, who plan to come to this area later today, to assess the situation.