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Sea lion wandering highway had been shot

Veterinarians in California initially thought a sea lion that was found waddling on a busy highway over the weekend was suffering from toxic algae poisoning. Then  they discovered the 132-pound female, named Broadway Bound for the exit she was on, was had sustained a gunshot wound.
/ Source: The Associated Press

Veterinarians caring for a sea lion that was rescued after waddling onto a busy Northern California highway over the weekend say the animal suffered a gunshot wound.

California Highway Patrol officers encountered the sea lion around 7 a.m. Saturday after the agency received reports that it crossed Highway 101 in Burlingame. The animal then headed down an exit ramp, which the CHP closed for two hours until rescuers from The Marine Mammal Center arrived.

Veterinarians at the center initially thought the female, 132-pound sea lion may have been disoriented from toxic algae poisoning. Test results are pending on the possible poisoning, but they also determined the animal had been shot in the jaw.

Center officials said Monday they're developing a treatment plan for the sea lion, which has been named Broadway Bound after the highway exit.