A Cordova group has tripled the government reward offered for information on those responsible for killing at least half a dozen Steller sea lions near the Southcentral Alaska fishing community last month.

A National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration statement said Thursday that $7,500 is now available for information leading to those who killed the sea lions. Cordova District Fishermen United added $5,000 to NOAA’s original $2,500 reward for help solving the case of the sea lions, which were found on a Cordova-area beach June 1.

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