WEST LINN, Ore. - A sea lion has shown up on a rocky beach at a West Linn park.
The sea lion was first spotted at the north end of Mary S. Young Park several days ago and the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife (ODFW) has been monitoring the animal closely.
According to Professor Debbie Duffield, a professor of biology at Portland State University, the sea lion is recovering from an injury but is doing well.
Duffield said the male sea lion is a large territorial bull. She said he will move on at some point.
ODFW is advising folks to stay away (federal law prohibits touching, feeding or disturbing marine mammals).
Editorial note: A previous version of this story stated the sea lion was very ill. The West Linn Police Department later issued a correction stating that the sea lion is recovering from an injury but doing well.
Photo courtesy of the West Linn Police Department.