Sea otter killings are, unfortunately, becoming a thing in California.
Another of the protected animals was recently found shot and killed by a pellet gun, floating in Morro Bay, according to the state’s Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Even more tragic, this particular otter was rescued from a fishing line last year, then rehabilitated and returned to the wild.
The stretch of coastline between San Francisco and Los Angeles has seen its share of the nonsensical crimes.
A young adult female otter was found skinned in September on Arroyo de la Cruz Beach in San Simeon.