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Take the Lead: Do Not Feed Steller Sea Lions Video

February 18, 2020

Video on why you should not feed Steller sea lions—feeding sea lions is hazardous to your health and safety.

Feeding sea lions is illegal, and can result in habituation, aggression, negative impacts to fisheries, entanglement, injury, and death. Sea lions lose their natural wariness of humans and associate people with food. This often results in dangerous and unpredictable behavior towards people. Feeding changes the natural behaviors of sea lions, decreasing their willingness to find their own food, and increasing changes they will steal fish (and gear) from fishermen. Fishermen have been injured. These changed behaviors may be passed to other sea lions which increases their risk of injury from boats, entanglement in fishing gear, and intentional harm by people frustrated with the behavioral changes.

Last updated by Alaska Regional Office on 03/04/2022

Alaska Marine Mammal Stranding Marine Mammal Authorization Program Steller Sea Lion