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Please be advised: it is normal for seals and sea lions to rest on shore, and there are no rescue and rehabilitation options for sick or injured seals and sea lions in Oregon. The state policy is to minimize disturbance from people and to let nature take its course.
READ MORE ABOUT the Oregon Marine Mammal Strading Network
Springtime is pup season. At this time of year, harbor seal pups are frequently found alone on area beaches. They are usually not stranded, but simply resting (as all baby mammals must do) and waiting for their mothers to come back ashore to nurse them. (Read More)
To the deep dismay of stranding response organizations around the U.S., NOAA's FY2013 budget request did not include funding for the John H. Prescott Grant Program. Because the Prescott Grant is the primary source of financial support for stranding network activities nationwide, it’s hard to imagine how stranding responses will be conducted without this critical support.
On the bright side, this was not a final funding decision, but rather the Administration’s budget proposal to Congress. It is the responsibility of Congress to make final funding decisions regarding appropriation bills and that process is still underway. Jim Rice and Bruce Mate of the Marine Mammal Institute drafted a letter and gathered 55 co-signatures in support of the reinstitution of Prescott funding, which has been sent to key legislators. You can read the letter here.