Cana­dian At­lantic vil­lage seeks help with in­va­sion of seals

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A Cana­dian At­lantic coast vil­lage is ask­ing the fed­eral fish­eries de­part­ment for help to get rid of some 40 stranded seals who wreak­ing havoc, by block­ing roads and doors to homes and busi­nesses.

The an­i­mals be­came stuck in the town of Rod­dick­ton-Bide Arm, in the prov­ince of New­found­land af­ter nearby waters sud­denly froze over nearly a week ago, pre­vent­ing their re­turn to the ocean.

Be­cause it is il­le­gal to in­ter­fere with marine mam­mals un­der Cana­dian law, it has led to some awk­ward face offs with the un­yield­ing seals. They also bite.

Two have been ac­ci­den­tally struck by cars at night, and sev­eral towns­folk have ex­pressed con­cerns that the chubby, big-eyed beasts may soon starve with­out ac­cess to food.

“We’re see­ing them more lethar­gic, they’re not mov­ing as fast,” Rod­dick­ton-Bide Arm mayor Sheila Fitzger­ald told The North­ern Pen news­pa­per. “It’s re­ally disheartening for peo­ple to watch these an­i­mals suf­fer.”

The Rod­dick­ton-Bide Arm town coun­cil raised the is­sue at a reg­u­lar mu­nic­i­pal meet­ing Tues­day night, and re­solved to ask the De­part­ment of Fish­eries and Ocean to in­ter­vene.

“They’ve been say­ing let na­ture take its course, but it’s been al­most a week,” Fitzger­ald said. “If they could find their way out, they would have found their way al­ready.”

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