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Man gets prison for killing California elephant seal

Elephant Seal Shot
Posted at 1:00 PM, Apr 12, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-12 16:10:46-04

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A man has been sentenced to three months in federal prison for shooting a protected northern elephant seal to death on the central California coast.

The U.S. Attorney's Office says a judge Monday also ordered 30-year-old Jordan Gerbich to be placed on a year of supervised release after his prison term, serve three months of home detention, perform 120 hours of community and pay a $1,000 fine.

Gerbich pleaded guilty last year to a misdemeanor count of illegally taking a marine mammal.

Prosecutors say he shot an elephant seal in the head near San Simeon in September 2019.