Lost sea lion found roaming Alaska roadway

A Steller sea lion. (Photo: Natalia_Kollegova/Pixabay)
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A Steller sea lion. (Photo: Natalia_Kollegova/Pixabay)

A large sea lion that appears to be frightened and confused is hiding out in a wooded area after being found wandering along a roadway early Friday morning, officials said.

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"He appears to be frightened and confused, and he's been sort of hiding out in the bushes a little bit. At this point we are taking a wait-and-see approach and hoping that he finds his way back to the water by himself once things calm down a little bit," Julie Speegle, with the National Marine Fisheries Service, told KCAW. "There is still the possibility of using some approved hazing practices to encourage him in the right direction if the need arises."

Eric Radziukinas captured video of the sea lion around 2:30 a.m. during his drive home from a shift at a hospital, KCAW reported.

Speegle said it is a sub-adult male. Full grown Steller sea lions can weigh up to 2,500 pounds.