The large animal began to draw crowds, which drove him further into hiding. Officials put out an announcement on on Twitter asking people to keep away from the animal so he could have time to relax.
"NOAA is asking the public to clear the area in Sitka where a male Steller sea lion is in distress, and is hiding in the woods; the incident is drawing onlookers," NOAA tweeted. "Please, for your own safety and the well-being of the animal, if you are in the area, leave. Thank you!"