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CanadaSome seals removed from beleaguered N.L. town

22:56  10 january  2019
22:56  10 january  2019 Source:   msn.com

Rescue afoot for seals stranded in N.L. town

Rescue afoot for seals stranded in N.L. town RODDICKTON, N.L. - Fisheries officials have rescued at least eight seals from a small Newfoundland town that's been overrun by dozens of the blubbery mammals for over a week. Roddickton Mayor Sheila Fitzgerald says there are still plenty of wayward seals roaming the town, but she's happy the Fisheries Department is working hard to catch and return them to the ocean. Located on Newfoundland's Great Northern Peninsula, Roddickton is at the edge of an inlet that has trapped a group of around 40 harp seals in the area after it froze over, leaving them hungry and disoriented.

RODDICKTON, N.L. - Federal fisheries officers are assessing dozens of stranded seals causing havoc for residents of a small Newfoundland town.

The wayward animals have been blocking roads, driveways and doors in Roddickton, N.L. — and residents are unable to move them because it is illegal to touch marine mammals.

Some seals removed from beleaguered N.L. town © Provided by thecanadianpress.com A seal is shown on a road in Roddickton, N.L. in a handout photo. Federal Fisheries officials have arrived in a small Newfoundland town struggling to handle dozens of stranded seals causing havoc for residents.The wayward animals have been blocking roads, driveways and doors in Roddickton, N.L. -- and residents are unable to move them because it is illegal to touch marine mammals. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Brendon Fitzpatrick MANDATORY CREDIT

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.

Roddickton Mayor Sheila Fitzgerald said Wednesday the group of about 40 harp seals is becoming hungry, tired and crying out, suggesting they may be too disoriented to find their way back to the ocean.

Two have been struck and killed by vehicles.

Town council has asked the Fisheries Department to return the seals to the ocean, which is at the edge of a frozen inlet that has trapped the animals in the area since last week.

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