People kept an eye on the sea lion as they waited for police to arrive. The sea lion wandered into a parking structure where officers used zip cuffs to tie pieces of lattice for a makeshift pen to corral the animal.
“Main concern was the animal could bite a citizen. Secondly, it could’ve been hit by a vehicle," said Sgt. Salvador Hurtado with SDPD.
Eric Otjen of SeaWorld rescued the sea lion and said she's about eight to nine months old and was malnourished and dehydrated -- like many of the more than 160 marine mammals rescued by SeaWorld this year.
“They stop eating when they can’t find the food sources. There's El Niño, the water’s warmer -- a bunch of different factors. We're seeing a lot of that right now," said Otjen.
People who spot stranded marine mammals are advised to keep their distance and call the SeaWorld hotline at 1-800-541-SEAL.