Cowlitz County Sheriff’s deputies help return sea lion to the Columbia River

Sea lion believed to have traveled a significant distance from water

CASTLE ROCK — Cowlitz County Sheriff’s deputies and officials from other agencies helped a wayward sea lion return to the water this weekend.

On Sunday (Feb. 23), Cowlitz County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the area of Garlock Road, outside of Castle Rock, for a report of a sea lion in the road.  It is believed the sea lion reached the area after traveling up Delameter Creek from the Cowlitz River.

The sea lion, described as approximately 600 pounds in weight, had traveled a significant distance from water. Deputies, Humane Society and Cowlitz County Public Works Staff were on scene for several hours until the Department of Fish and Wildlife was able to respond with a trailer and staff to capture and relocate the sea lion.  Deputies assisted Fish and Wildlife staff by directing the sea lion into a transport trailer, which was used to return it to the Columbia River.

Video of the incident can be viewed at the Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office YouTube channel: