Officials safely remove 600-pound seal from N.S. park

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DARTMOUTH, N.S. — Officials say they’ve now recovered and moved a 600-pound grey seal that had found its way into a large park just outside of Halifax.

Fisheries Department spokesperson Luke Gaulton says the seal was first reported seen in the off-leash area of Shubie Park in Dartmouth on Saturday morning. It is believed the seal was there all night.

There was a report of a seal in the upper lakes of the Shubenacadie Canal system earlier this week and Gaulton says it's safe to assume it’s the same seal that was found Saturday.

He says several different organizations responded to the call for help, including the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Halifax Regional Police, the Marine Animal Response Society and the Lands and Forestry Department.

DFO says a veterinarian at the scene had to sedate the animal so it could be transported safely.

Gaulton says the seal was captured Saturday afternoon and has now been relocated to a marine environment.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 3, 2021.

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This story was produced with the financial assistance of the Facebook and Canadian Press News Fellowship.

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