Hunters not to blame in seal deaths: officials

Sherry Martell
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Officials have confirmed seal pup carcasses found on a secluded island near Wallace were not killed by hunters.

Krista Petersen, spokeswoman for the Department of Fisheries and Oceans said fisheries officers were on Oak Island on Friday examining the remains discovered by a concerned local resident.

Officials have confirmed seal pup carcasses found on a secluded island near Wallace were not killed by hunters.

Krista Petersen, spokeswoman for the Department of Fisheries and Oceans said fisheries officers were on Oak Island on Friday examining the remains discovered by a concerned local resident.

They had a look at the seal pup carcasses and they did indeed determine that none of the pups had been clubbed or shot, said Petersen.

She said during a licenced seal hunt around the first of March, officials were checking for licences and were present periodically on the island.

Petersen said most likely, the seal pups died before the hunt, considering the colour of their coats.

Mike Hammill, a marine biologist with DFO, said last week the pups likely died of starvation after being abandoned by their mothers and not as a result of the hunt.

Organizations: Department of Fisheries and Oceans

Geographic location: Oak Island

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