Authors' Note: A falling birth rate due to 'nutritional stress' in females (along with ongoing hunting) has been proposed as a principal factor in the decline in the last century of Pacific Ocean populations of the Steller sea lion, Eumetopias jubatus. Although wanton polygamy has, to be honest, always been an option for females of this species of magnificent marine mammals, the particular efforts of concerned individuals like our heroine Bella may have contributed to a recent recovery.
Current ecological terminology denotes a species whose population is stable in the wild and not threatened as of 'lesser concern'. The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) took the Steller sea lion off its US Endangered Species List in 2013.
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