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The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) is urging beachgoers to keep pets on leash and to keep their distance from sea lions and other marine mammals on the beach.

Sea Lion Disease

The ODFW has reported an increase in the number of stranded sea lions along the entire Oregon Coast – from Brookings to Astoria. Many of these sick and deceased sea lions have suffered from leptospirosis – a disease that can be passed along to animals and people.

A recent outbreak of disease among sea lion populations is giving people and their pets yet another reason to steer clear of marine mammals while they walk along the beach.

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