Meanwhile, the sea lion is still recovering at the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito. Spokesman Jim Oswald says the animal’s condition has stabilized.
“The holes on either side of his nose basically are pretty large so that when he goes into the pool to eat when he comes out he literally spouts water kind of like a fountain out of those holes.”
Oswald says veterinarians may eventually perform reconstructive surgery on the animal. But it’s still not clear whether the sea lion will ever be released back into the wild. The 300-to-500-pound animal was spotted with a gunshot wound on a dock in Sacramento on November 11th.
Authorities say Legans fired his shotgun at the sea lion along the Sacramento River last month because he was tired of watching the protected animals take his fish.