Sea lions win reprieve but can't be found


SEATTLE -- The rapacious California sea lions of Seattle's Ballard Locks have slipped the noose.

The five animals, which have been under a federal death sentence for almost a month, may find themselves in sunny Florida, where they will be the object of adoring tourists at Sea World in Orlando.

In a deal that involved Vice President Al Gore, Sea World says it will put the five male sea lions in an exhibit with similar animals.

All that remains for the reprieved sea lions is to be captured. One sea lion has not been seen all year and another for weeks. For the time being, the National Marine Fisheries Service has suspended permission for state wildlife agents to kill the animals.

Pub Date: 4/06/96

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