// EST. 2011
MONTHLY CALL TO ACTION:
California sea lion pupping season is upon us and we need YOUR help! From here to the next 6 months is the most critical time period for these pups. They have enough to deal with in the wild and do not need additional human harassment.
As stated per the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972, a response to harassment from an animal includes any change in behavior (i.e. lifting their head up or opening their eyes because someone is too close). We want people to continue to enjoy the sea lions, but from a safe distance that will allow sea lions to feel comfortable, harassment-free.
With our Pinniped Monitoring Program data, we've noticed a safe distance to enjoy the sea lions at is 20 ft. away. Additionally, City of San Diego park rangers have made an incredible difference in the amount of harassment events that occur. Sign the petition below to keep rangers stationed there throughout pupping season, and email us if you want to get invovled in our research work!