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Authorities Offer $12,500 Reward in Search for Killer of Sea Otter

May 05, 2000|Associated Press

POINT CONCEPTION, Calif. — Authorities have increased a reward for information leading to the arrest of whoever shot and killed a southern sea otter.

On Thursday, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service announced that it is upping the reward from $2,500 to $12,500, thanks to contributions from four other organizations.

Friends of the Sea Otter, Defenders of Wildlife, the Humane Society and the Center for Marine Conservation each pledged $2,500, as did the Fish & Wildlife service itself.

The otter was found dead April 15 on the beach between Point Conception and the Piedras Blancas lighthouse.

Southern sea otters are a threatened species, and killing one is punishable by as much as $10,000 in fines.

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