Sea otter killings are, unfortunately, becoming a thing in California.

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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.

A dead sea otter is just one in a string of horrifying animal murders AP Photo/Reed Saxon, file
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