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Catalog Number 2008.013.009
Object Name Records
Title Sammamish seal captured 1975/09/12
Scope & Content September 17, 1975

Sammamish Valley News

Caption: In December of 1952, fishermen complain that a seal is eating the lake's fish. They must learn to live with the critter, however, as the State Fisheries Department is unable to catch it, and it continues to live in the lake for the next twenty-two years. The pet of a lakeside resident who released it from his dock, during the next several decades, other residents find it to be a shy and entertaining aquatic neighbor. Then, in the spring of 1975, they begin to complain that the 250-pound animal is suddenly and inexplicably aggressive. On September 12, it is captured by the State Department of Wildlife, and old seal dies of a heart attack from sedation before it can be relocated to Puget Sound. Six bullets are discovered in its body.
Collection Sammamish Valley News
Accession number 2008.013.009