Federal authorities are telling anyone who wants to rescue a seal pup in a south Puget Sound inlet to leave it alone.
National Marine Fisheries Service spokesman Brian Gorman says it has jurisdiction over marine mammals and no one is authorized to step in. He says a rescue would likely do more harm than good.
A woman who lives on Henderson Inlet about five miles north of Olympia has been watching the seal pup since the weekend and says it appears to be abandoned.
Other pups are being fed by their mothers.
Brandy Garcia said Thurston County Animal Services indicated it would pick up the pup. But Garcia talked with an official with the agency Friday morning who told her it was told by federal authorities to "stand down."
Do you think the seal pup should be helped or does nature need to take its course?