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Seals need to be left alone in the wild, says DFO

Grey seal. Photo by M. Hammill, DFO
Grey seal. Photo by M. Hammill, DFO - Contributed

Members of the public are being asked if they see seals on the shore to keep their distance and do not approach them.

Keep children and pets away from seals. While seals may look cute, they are wild animals and should be left alone.

Seals may react aggressively if they are cornered or believe they are being threatened. They can cause serious injuries requiring medical attention.

If the seal is a risk to public safety by being near a house, school, business or the road, contact the department’s nearest conservation and protection office. After hours and on weekends, call 1-800-565-1633.

It is also illegal to disturb seals under the Marine Mammal Regulations and illegal to harvest seals without a licence.

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