A sharp increase in the number of sea lion deaths in Oregon's coast is prompting scientists to warn visitors on the coast to stay away from animals that are either dead or dying.

But that warning is causing some to wonder whether a trip to the popular tourist attraction, the Sea Lion Caves, poses a health risk.

Last week, biologists from Oregon State University issued a warning to stay away from sea lions on the Oregon Coast. That's because they had noticed a big increase in the number of sick and dead sea lions. Researchers say the reason for death may be a bacterial infection called Leptospirosis.

But managers at the Sea Lion Caves say it's still safe to view the animals there. Officials at the Sea Lion Caves say most (if not all) of its animals are not affected. So far, it's only California sea lions that are dying.


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