Some seals stranded in Newfoundland town have been removed, officials say

Postado Janeiro 11, 2019

A spokesperson for the RCMP said officers responded to a complaint Wednesday morning, and on arriving at the scene, they found employees from Department of Fisheries and Oceans were there as well. Two have been struck and killed by vehicles, and there is worry that the others may starve.

Some 40 stranded seals have wreaked havoc on a Canadian town, blocking the entryways of homes and businesses.

The town's Mayor Sheila Fitzgerald said there was a growing sense the seals were everywhere.

"They're pitiful to look at". Most of the sightings appear to have been around bodies of water, but police could become engaged if they receive a report of the seals causing legitimate danger.

"We get this every year", said Garry Stenson.

The town on the northern tip of the Canadian island province, on a major seal migration route, is used to seeing seals.

It's nearly like they get going in a direction and just keep going.

Harp seals migrate south from the Arctic starting in December, Stenson explained.

However, it's feeding season for the Harp seal, and he believes they traveled into a bay that surrounds Roddickton to feed when ice froze behind them, leaving them trapped.

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.

The disoriented seals, Stenson said, just keep on keeping on, hoping for the best.

The mayor wants to see a plan put in place to remove the seals which she says won't be able to make it the 5 miles or so to the ice edge and into the ocean. It is relatively unusual to find a group of that size on shore, he said, but not unheard of.

Officers liaised with federal Fisheries officials to safely return the animal to "more isolated area on the peninsula, away from any community area".

Officers are working with DFO scientists to assess the health of the animals.

Now that the seals are there, the town and the DFO have to decide what to do about them, and whether or not they should be - or can be - moved.

"But generally, if they're just lying on a beach or on a slipway or that sort of thing, you just leave them on their own". "A week ago, we woke up. we have two little brooks in town - they were full of seals".

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