Sea lion population shows "Steller" growth
Monday, October 28, 2013, 11:24 AM -
You can cross the Steller sea lion off the list. Off the Endangered Species List, that is.
The marine mammal, which is found along the North American west coast, was taken off the list after a major population increase these last few years.
The decision was made this week, ending a process that began when the proposal was presented last year.
The species will still be monitored to ensure that the population maintains a healthy growth.
The Steller sea lion was first added to the Endangered Species List in 1990, after evidence of population decline became too overwhelming to ignore. Officials estimate that between 1970 and 1990, the total population hovered between 20,000 and 18,000. By 2010, that number was closer to 70,000.
However it is only the eastern population that has recovered. The western group, which generally lives between Alaska and the Pacific coast of Russia, has continued to struggle. Officials are still researching the species in an attempt to discover the reason behind the difference.
To celebrate the joyous occasion, check out a video below of some Steller sea lions napping in the water.
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