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    Default Town asks for help as seals block roads

    Not a normal problem in north-west Newfoundland (not too far from where Steve McMahon lives):



    A Newfoundland mayor said dozens of stranded seals are causing havoc in her town, and she's calling on federal Fisheries officials to remove them. Roddickton Mayor Sheila Fitzgerald said the wayward animals have been blocking roads, driveways and doors and residents are unable to move them because it is illegal to touch marine mammals. Fitzgerald said the group of about 40 harp seals is becoming hungry, tired and are crying out, suggesting they may be too disoriented to find their way back to the ocean. Town council has asked the Fisheries Department to return the seals to the ocean, which is at the edge of a frozen inlet that has trapped the animals in the area since last week."It's not a matter of the seals doing it on their own. If they could, they would have," Fitzgerald said. "It's also a matter that the town can't take care of it."

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    You need a go-fund me fish fund or something. I hope the poor creatures are rescued somehow.
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    So one at a time hang a rope in front of each one. When they bite it drag them up an icy ramp into the back of a pickup, with a canopy so they can't jump out, and take them to the closest open water. No one touches them that way.

    I expect that they will die of thirst if not helped. That's a truly horrible way to go. Perhaps they know enough to eat the snow.

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    Default Re: Town asks for help as seals block roads

    But do they know enough to not eat the yellow snow?

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    I just read that they were somewhere for weeks. I guess they're not dying of thirst.

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    Seal hunt starts shortly. Put them out of their misery and be done with it; there is no shortage of harp seals to my knowledge. Your views may differ. / Jim

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    Play 'hungry, seal-hunting Orca' sounds on portable speakers and drive them to the sea.

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    That's one of the sounds that drives them out of the water, around here. You'd have them climbing the snowbanks in no time! / Jim

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    Try Canadian Club on the rocks...
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    Quote Originally Posted by chas View Post
    Seal hunt starts shortly. Put them out of their misery and be done with it; there is no shortage of harp seals to my knowledge. Your views may differ. / Jim
    Absolutely. I don't remember the numbers offhand, but the seal population has exploded here. Bring in a licensed harvester and be thankful they don't have to risk the ice floes to get them. There's a few good meals and some nice pelts for boots and mittens there.
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    Import Polar Bears.
    The definition of stupid has got to be the belief that more guns will negate the bloodshed done with guns.

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    Default Re: Town asks for help as seals block roads

    so, a penguin is having car trouble...

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    Quote Originally Posted by WX View Post
    Import Polar Bears.
    That is actually an issue - with the changing ice patterns we are getting polar bears arriving here in places they have never been before.
    Stay calm, be brave....wait for the signs. Possibly precariously prevaricating.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve McMahon View Post
    That is actually an issue - with the changing ice patterns we are getting polar bears arriving here in places they have never been before.
    I had heard that.
    The definition of stupid has got to be the belief that more guns will negate the bloodshed done with guns.

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    What's that white stuff on the ground?
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    Seal hunt starts shortly. Put them out of their misery and be done with it; there is no shortage of harp seals to my knowledge. Your views may differ. / Jim
    Absolutely. I don't remember the numbers offhand, but the seal population has exploded here. Bring in a licensed harvester and be thankful they don't have to risk the ice floes to get them. There's a few good meals and some nice pelts for boots and mittens there
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    Yah, that was an Inuit with an engine problem with the Skidoo
    Quote Originally Posted by L.W. Baxter View Post
    so, a penguin is having car trouble...
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    Default Re: Town asks for help as seals block roads

    Call in the Navy Seals

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    I like the Polar Bear idea. Invite school kids out to watch "survival of the fittest".

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    If the polar bears are moving south, should they then be called something else, like 'southern white bears?'
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    Default Re: Town asks for help as seals block roads

    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Mahan View Post
    If the polar bears are moving south. . .
    enter the pizzly
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    Steve, according to DFO figures the harp seal population in the north-west Atlantic has exploded from an estimated 1.1 million in 1971 to over 7 million in 2014. Most fisheries scientists are concerned about this over-population. Estimated maximum bearable population before ecological collapse is 12 million.
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    No adversary is worse than bad advice.

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    Default Re: Town asks for help as seals block roads

    Quote Originally Posted by L.W. Baxter View Post
    so, a penguin is having car trouble...
    He notices oil leaking from the front seal.
    So he takes it into town but every road is all sealed off
    Frustrated, he stops at a farmhouse just outside of town...
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    Quote Originally Posted by mmd View Post
    Steve, according to DFO figures the harp seal population in the north-west Atlantic has exploded from an estimated 1.1 million in 1971 to over 7 million in 2014. Most fisheries scientists are concerned about this over-population. Estimated maximum bearable population before ecological collapse is 12 million.
    Thanks for the numbers.
    It is a huge problem here. I wish the was a better markek for the meat and hides. I’ve done what I can and bought my wife a pair of boots and mittens. Maybe a sealskin purse next Christmas.
    Stay calm, be brave....wait for the signs. Possibly precariously prevaricating.
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    Quote Originally Posted by twodot View Post
    He notices oil leaking from the front seal.
    So he takes it into town but every road is all sealed off
    Frustrated, he stops at a farmhouse just outside of town...
    Farmer says, "you can stay here tonight, help yourself to anything you sea lion around"...

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    Quote Originally Posted by twodot View Post
    He notices oil leaking from the front seal.
    So he takes it into town but every road is all sealed off
    Frustrated, he stops at a farmhouse just outside of town...
    Old joke. Told here by Cleek IIRC.
    Penguin gets his car to a shop and because it's a hot day ,buys an ice cream cone....

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    Steve, there is a valid argument that the seals - whose primary protein source is cod, and whom are the primary host of fishworm - are, due to their remarkable population increase since the abolition of the Newfoundland seal hunt, are severely retarding the recovery of the cod stocks in the Gulf, and are having a visible impact on the recovery of the Western Atlantic and Labrador Sea stocks. The elimination of the seal hunt by governments pressured by environmentalists continues to have an economic impact on indigenous and Newfoundland people. But the cute white seal pups are doing just fine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sharpiefan View Post
    Play 'hungry, seal-hunting Orca' sounds on portable speakers and drive them to the sea.
    You know, to be honest, I don't really like seal all that much. Also, I haven't made a lot of recordings, so it would get monotonous.

    What are you doing about it?




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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Pless View Post
    Now I want that to be a movie.

    What are you doing about it?




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    Quote Originally Posted by mmd View Post
    Steve, there is a valid argument that the seals - whose primary protein source is cod, and whom are the primary host of fishworm - are, due to their remarkable population increase since the abolition of the Newfoundland seal hunt, are severely retarding the recovery of the cod stocks in the Gulf, and are having a visible impact on the recovery of the Western Atlantic and Labrador Sea stocks. The elimination of the seal hunt by governments pressured by environmentalists continues to have an economic impact on indigenous and Newfoundland people. But the cute white seal pups are doing just fine.
    Indeed. There is still a small seal hunt - but the harvest is way under the quota because of the lack of market. The economic impact of the lack of market, and the environmental impact of the population explosion are both very real. We had dinner last night with a couple, she is a retired teacher, and he is a retired fisherman. He had some pretty wild stories to tell about dealing with the protesters while trying to harvest seals. There are a few boats in our community that go out, and quite a few on the peninsula. The other factor that is hampering them is the changing ice patterns. We are getting so much ice from the melt in the arctic that the boats are getting blocked in the harbours and not able to get out.
    Stay calm, be brave....wait for the signs. Possibly precariously prevaricating.
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