Parks Canada is turning to the public for help, in finding who is responsible for shooting a young sea lion they found in Pacific Rim National Park.
Officials say the animal was discovered dead on Combers Beach on May 14 .
A bullet was recovered from the animal’s head and is being sent to a forensics lab to determine the caliber of the bullet, along with the make and model of the firearm.
They are calling the incident an “illegal and heinous activity”.
Park wardens suspect the young sea lion was shot near or within the boundaries of the national park reserve and say it is a serious offence under the Canada National Parks Act.
“Human and wildlife safety is of the utmost importance to Parks Canada. Parks Canada takes action to promote coexistence between people and wildlife,” said the agency in a statement.
“Observing wildlife in their natural habitat is a privilege that comes with a responsibility to treat wildlife with the respect they deserve and need.”
Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to call Parks Canada wardens at 1‑877-852-3100.