SEATTLE -- Washington wildlife officials say eight sea lions have been found dead in the Puget Sound region in recent weeks -- all apparently shot.
The bodies of seven sea lions with bullet wounds were recently found on the Nisqually River.
On Monday, a sea lion was found dead on West Seattle's Lincoln Park beach. The animal protection group Seal Sitters says a necropsy showed that the sea lion had suffered a shark bite and had twisted intestines in addition to a bullet wound.
Investigators say they do not know who is responsible.
KING says one of the Nisqually casualties was a Steller sea lion, protected under the Endangered Species Act. The one found in West Seattle was a California sea lion, protected under the Marine Mammal Protection Act.