Thursday, 24 January, 2019

Stranded seals swarm Canadian town, block roads and buildings

Canadian town suffers seal invasion Fisheries officers to deal with seals invading northern Newfoundland town
Steven Clarke | 11 January, 2019, 19:57

"Nobody likes to see something in a place where they're trapped in ... you gotta wonder if they're going to survive or why the Fisheries Department don't do something to take them out", he added.

Fitzgerald says the group of about 40 seals are becoming hungry, exhausted and are crying out.

"Usually they find their way back fine".

The small Newfoundland town has been swarmed with the animals, but even though two of the mammals have died, DFO says it's normal. Two of the seals have been killed by a auto and the rest may starve if they are not returned to the ocean in time.

Police in Roddickton-Bide Arm, N.L. - the community that at least 40 seals are now calling home - have confirmed that two of the mammals have died.

Roddickton-Bide Arm, on the island of Newfoundland, calls itself the "Moose Capital of the World". "A week ago, we woke up. we have two little brooks in town - they were full of seals".

In addition to her concerns about seals meeting an untimely end on the roadways, Fitzgerald is also anxious about whether or not they're getting enough food.

This year, he says, limited ocean ice might be forcing the seals to settle for coastal ice, which increases their risk of stranding.

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The animals seem more lethargic now than when they first arrived in the town, she said, and appear to be travelling further out from the brooks, potentially in search of something to eat.

"Then if the ice freezes up behind them, they have a harder time getting access to water", he said.

"From the point of view of the animals actually starving, it's not super-urgent", he said.

"This has gone on long enough", Fitzgerald said, opining that if a whale had been stranded, federal officials in Canada might have reacted more quickly.

A Fisheries Department spokesperson said Thursday some seals have already been removed and officers and scientists are working to determine the health of the seals spotted inland.

Although harp seals are generally not aggressive, they will defend themselves if humans get too close.

"Don't go up to them", he said.

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