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State troopers escort wayward sea lion off Oregon highway and return it to ocean

December 13, 2010 |  6:41 pm

Sea Lion Rescue

YACHATS, Ore. — A wayward sea lion trying to scoot down a highway along the Oregon coast got an escort from state troopers.

The Oregon State Police says the animal apparently entered U.S. Highway 101 through a state park near Yachats (yah-hahts) and weaved in and out of traffic for about half a mile.

Troopers and a local fire and rescue unit used batons and plastic boards designed to keep patients immobile as they flanked the sea lion and guided it along the side of highway.

The animal was led back into the Pacific Ocean after the procession guided it to an oceanside state park about a quarter of a mile down the road from where it was found.


-- Associated Press

Photo: The sea lion is guided back to the Pacific Ocean on Dec. 11. Credit: Oregon State Police / Associated Press

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