Fisheries officials release probe after seals discovered shot useless on Cape Breton seashore – Halifax
Residents of Cape Breton’s southwest shore say they’re surprised 5 seals had been discovered shot useless on a neighborhood seashore.
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“It’s not normal. We’ve never heard of it here before,” Charles MacDonald of Port Hood, N.S., mentioned Monday.
Fisheries officers say they discovered the seals on a seashore within the Little Judique space ultimate Wednesday after a public tip.
“Evidence has been collected,” mentioned Etienne Chiasson, spokesman for the federal Fisheries Department. “The seal carcasses have been removed from the beach as part of the investigation.”
It is prohibited to disturb, hurt and even means marine mammals, aside from when fishing for them legally, and the seal harvest within the space isn’t these days open, Chiasson mentioned.
MacDonald, who owns a motel a couple of miles down the street from Little Judique, mentioned seals most often come to that reach of Cape Breton’s shore in January to provide delivery at the ice, however it’s been a heat iciness and the harbour hasn’t froze.
“The seals likely … found some ice in close to shore, something like that, that they were pupping on,” he mentioned.
He mentioned seals continuously come around the freeway and up rivers searching for meals, however no longer this yr.
“I haven’t heard a seal this year. You hear them in the nighttime, you hear them barking and that, but this year I haven’t heard them.”