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The tax man cometh! Why not use the opportunity to do something good for our oceans? “Check the box” on your California return to fund research and conservation that will help save sea otters.
Help Us Find the Person Who Shot Three Sea Otters
In early September 2013, members of our Sea Otter Research and Conservation team recovered three sea otters that had been shot to death near Asilomar Beach, in Pacific Grove. State and federal authorities are actively investigating the fatal shootings, and now they need your help finding the perpetrator.
We and other sea otter conservation groups are offering a $21,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individual(s) responsible for the crime.
Southern sea otters are slowly recovering after being driven nearly to extinction by fur traders in the 19th century. Today, they’re protected under federal law by the Endangered Species Act and the Marine Mammal Protection Act. Killing a California (or southern) sea otter is a crime punishable by federal and state fines, and possible jail time.
If you have any information about the shootings, contact Special Agent Souphanya of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at 650-876-9078. Anonymous reports can also be made by calling the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service contact line at 703-358-1949, or the California Department of Fish and Wildlife CalTIP line at 1-888-DFG-CALTIP.
Reward contributions have been provided by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Defenders of Wildlife, Friends of the Sea Otter, the Humane Society of the United States, the Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust, the Monterey Bay Aquarium, The U.C. Davis Karen C. Drayer Wildlife Health Center and private individuals.
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife is providing a portion of the reward money from the California Sea Otter Fund, which is financed by voluntary contributions from state taxpayers. The fund helps support sea otter research and conservation, including the investigation of sea otter deaths and the enforcement of laws protecting sea otters. When filling out your California income tax form 540, look for line 410, labeled California Sea Otter Fund, under Contributions.
Need an easy way to help our oceans? Check the box for the “Protect Our Coast and Ocean Fund" on your CA state income tax form! The fund supports education, cleanups, habitat restoration and public awareness that improve the health of the state’s marine and coastal resources.
Thanks to you, things have been going swimmingly for the Sea Otter Tax Fund! Donations on state income tax forms in 2013 total $307,544. By exceeding the minimum of $273,025, the fund comes back for 2014, providing critical funding to help save sea otters. Check the box on your CA Tax Return—a donation of as little as $5 goes a long way!
(Jane Smith Photo)
Please contribute to the California Sea Otter Fund when filing your California Resident Income Tax Return for 2012 (Form 540)! The Fund supports researchers and federal and state agencies working to understand what’s threatening sea otters and to find ways to help them recover.