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Jordan Gerbich is a former California resident admitted in court Monday to fatally shooting a northern elephant seal last year, violating federal law.
The California Central District Attorney’s Office of the US District Attorney said in a statement received by NBC News that 30-year-old Jordan Gerbich pleaded guilty to taking a marine mammal for shooting the seal on a beach near San Simeon. He admitted to taking the animal to the beach from the Piedras Blancas Marine Reserve and the Monterey Bay National Marine – where he was shot in the head with a 45-caliber pistol.
Federal prosecutors said the animal’s body was found the next day with a bullet in his head.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) says elephant seals in the north are protected under the Marine Mammal Protection Act. Seals living in Alaska and along the west coast can result in death by getting caught in fishing equipment. The agency also says the mammal is particularly vulnerable to unintentional ship attacks.
Gerbich faces a maximum sentence of one year in federal prison when he was sentenced in April. Currently lives in Utah.
Edhat Santa Barbara reported that Santa Maria police arrested Gerbich in 2017 for possession of materials to make a destructive device or explosive device. Responding to the blast reports, officials found a detonated homemade bomb. No injury was reported.