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Some seals trapped by ice removed from beleaguered town, officials say

Some seals trapped by ice removed from beleaguered town, officials say

The seals also bite, and Fitzgerald said she is anxious about children getting too close.

The local branch of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) has reported several instances of returning seals to the sea, with one having been found near the doors of a hospital blocking an ambulance route.

Harp seals travel south in winter months from the Canadian Arctic and Greenland to waters off the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, Garry Stenson of Canada's Department of Fisheries and Oceans told The Northern Pen. "It's really disheartening for people to watch these animals suffer".

However, Stenson said that harp seals are accustomed to going for stretches without feeding, and at this time of year should have built up their energy reserves in preparation for breeding.

Opposition Leader Ches Crosbie says DFO must do something about the overabundance of seals in the region. But at a town council meeting Tuesday night, Roddickton-Bide Arm decided it was time to call for more help.

"It's not a matter of the seals doing it on their own".




The Fisheries Department issued a statement saying the situation in Roddickton is being monitored and reminding people that it is illegal to disturb a marine mammal.

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

On Wednesday, the DFO deployed a three-person seal response team to set up base in the town, according to the mayor.

'There are seals on the road, there are seals in people's driveways, the backyards, the parking lots, the doorways, the businesses'. An aerial reconnaissance mission to determine the size of the ice and the stranded pod has also been discussed, a plan the DFO says has been hampered by bad weather. Two seals have been struck by vehicles, Fitzgerald says.

Mayor Sheila Fitzgerald told local media that about 40 seals have invaded Roddickton, "They came in with the high tide and now they are trapped because the ice formed behind them".

"It's hard for motorists, and nobody wants to see these little seals hit in our community".


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