Man sentenced for shooting protected elephant seal dead on California coast

Man sentenced for shooting protected elephant seal dead on California coast

Jordan Gerbich, 30, will serve three months in federal prison and pay a $1,000 fine for killing the animal

A man has been sentenced to three months in federal prison for shooting a protected northern elephant seal to death on the central California coast.

Armed with a .45-caliber handgun and a flashlight, on the night of 2 September 2019 Jordan Gerbich, 30, opened fire on an elephant seal at a popular viewing area where the giant aquatic mammals haul out along the shore near the Monterey Bay national marine sanctuary. The elephant seal was discovered the following morning with a bullet wound to the head and its tail fins cut off, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

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