Sea lion found in wooded area miles away from major waterway

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CASTLE ROCK, Wash. — On Sunday morning, Cowlitz County deputies helped out a critter that you wouldn’t expect to find in the woods.

A sheriff’s office Facebook post said a sea lion was wandering on Garlock Road outside Castle Rock — more than 50 miles from the coast. There are streams near Garlock Road, but the closest major waterways — the Cowlitz River and Columbia River — are still miles away.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and deputies managed to catch the sea lion and transport it the Columbia River.

Q13 News reported this story first. 

Our wayward sea lion has been safely transported back to the Columbia River. (Photo’s courtesy of Sgt. Corey Huffine and WDFW)

Posted by Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office on Sunday, February 23, 2020