Wandering Seal Pup Crosses P.E.I. Highway Before Being Picked Up By Police

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For the second time in a week, police in Prince Edward Island were called to the scene of a wandering seal. THE CANADIAN PRESS-HO-PEI RCMP

For the second time in a week, police in Prince Edward Island were called to the scene of a wandering seal, and animal specialists say it may not be the last.

RCMP Sgt. Craig Eveleigh said officers picked up a seal Tuesday who’d managed to cross a highway and waddle onto a farmer’s field.

He says they were joined by an official from Fisheries and Oceans Canada, who managed to zip the seal into a duffel bag, and take it back to the water.

 

Danielle Pinder works with the Marine Animal Response Society and says they’ve been getting a lot more calls about disoriented, inland seals this year.

Pinder says there’s hardly any ice in the Gulf of St. Lawrence and the Northumberland Strait, so seals are having their babies on land and freshly-weaned pups are scooting inland to explore.

On Sunday, Charlottetown Police returned a seal to the water after it was found roaming through a residential neighbourhood.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 25, 2021.

The Canadian Press

 

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