North County Dolphin Shooter

by The Editors on June 15, 2007

DolphinsxBetween May 29 and June 5 four dead dolphins have washed ashore on the beaches between Carlsbad State beach and the Oceanside Harbor. All of them with fatal bullet wounds.

“It’s a horrendous thing that happened,” said Mark Oswell, spokesman for the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration. “That someone would go out there and shoot four dolphins.”

According to the report it appears the dolphins were all shot on the same day with the same calibre gun. The story goes on to report that dolphins are usually killed by fishermen who are upset about the mammals stealing their catch. Sadly, the criminal fine is only $20,000 and not much jail time.

The NOAA is offering a $2,500 reward for anyone who has information on the dolphin deaths.

[Link: USA Today]

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