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Jan 7, 2010 7:43 PM

Rescuers try to corral sea lion in Monterey

MOSS LANDING, Calif. (AP) - Rescue workers with the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito are trying to corral an injured sea lion at Moss Landing Harbor in Monterey County.

Jim Oswald, a spokesman for the center, says efforts to capture the animal in a net Wednesday and again Thursday afternoon failed with the skittish animal swimming away each time. At least one more attempt is expected Thursday.

Oswald says the sea lion is unable to eat because of an entanglement around its neck and muzzle that needs to be removed.

The animal appears malnourished and dehydrated.

Rescuers believe it is the same sea lion that was reported entangled on San Francisco's Pier 39 on Friday. The animal had swum off before officials from the center arrived the next morning.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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