<p>Although once hunted by humans, southern elephant seals were never near extinction like <span class="taxon"><em>Mirounga angustirostris</em></span>. This is largely because most of the breeding grounds of <span class="taxon"><em>M. leonina</em></span> were out of reach of hunting boats. Hunting did have some impact, but numbers have recovered since hunting has ceased. Some populations are are experiencing declines. This may be normal population fluctuations, however.<span> ("Elephant Seal", 2002; Anderson, 2003; Crown, 1997; Nowak, 2003; Seal Conservation Society, 2001)</span></p> <p><strong>IUCN Red List: </strong>Lower Risk - Least Concern</p><p><strong>US Federal List: </strong>No special status</p><p><strong>CITES: </strong>Appendix II</p>
- Nowak, R. 2003. Walker's Marine Mammals of the World. Baltimore and London: Johns Hopkins University Press.