Stranded seals swarm Canadian town, block roads and buildings

Some 40 stranded seals have wreaked havoc on a Canadian town, blocking the entryways of homes and businesses.

The mammals made their way to Roddickton-Bide Arm, Newfoundland, after waters froze and left them unable to return to their home – the ocean.

The town has asked for the Department of Fisheries and Oceans’ help to oust the squatters from the village. The seals have blocked traffic and people from getting inside businesses and their homes. They are also known to bite. Two seals were killed after being hit by a car.

It is illegal in Canada to interfere with marine mammals.

“We’ve seen them in people’s backyards, people’s driveways, along the sides of the roads, in the doorways and entryways to local businesses, parking lots,” Roddickton-Bide Arm Mayor Sheila Fitzgerald told CBC.

She also said that the seals appeared increasingly lethargic.

“There’s not enough food in that little water supply,” she added.

Fitzgerald said the town’s council has asked the Department of Fisheries and Oceans to rescue the seals.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Newfoundland and Labrador said they rescued a seal and returned it back to the sea but have warned people not to approach the animals “without proper equipment.”

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