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OSP Troopers, Yachats Fire & Rescue Personnel Help Stranded Sea Lion on Highway 101 Return to Ocean
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247

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Oregon State Police (OSP) Patrol and Fish & Wildlife Division troopers assisted by Yachats Fire and Rescue personnel helped a sea lion stranded on Highway 101 south of Yachats return to the ocean Saturday.
On December 11, 2010, OSP Fish & Wildlife Division Senior Trooper Scott Salisbury and Trooper Joshua Wetzel and Patrol Division Trooper Joe Conklin responded to a report of a stranded sea lion on Highway 101 near milepost 170. The troopers believe the sea lion came ashore at Bob Creek Wayside near milepost 170 and wandered north along the highway for approximately a half mile, occasionally entering into traffic creating a hazardous condition for motorists and the sea lion.
The three troopers and fire personnel guided the sea lion another quarter mile along the highway shoulder to Strawberry State Park where they helped it return back into the ocean.