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Steller Sea Lion (Eumetopias Jubatus)

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Assessment Summary

 

Assessment Summary – November 2003

Common name:

Steller sea lion

Scientific name:
Eumetopias jubatus

Status:
Special Concern

Reason for designation:
There are only three breeding locations in British Columbia. Although the population is increasing, they are sensitive to human disturbance while on land. Threats include the possibility of acute oil spills. There are unexplained declines in other populations to the north and west of British Columbia.

Occurrence:
BC Pacific Ocean

Status history:
Designated Not at Risk in April 1987 Status re-examined and uplisted to Special Concern in November 2003. Last assessment based on an update status report.