In Canada, it is forbidden to interfere with the life of marine mammals.
The small Canadian town Roddikton-Bid-Arm (population – about a thousand people) faced an unusual problem – the invasion of dozens of fur seals. Animals that took to the streets of the settlement, blocked the roads and entrances to some buildings. Residents had to ask for help from the federal authorities, because Canadian laws do not allow them to solve the problem themselves.
Fur seals usually do not spend much time on land: they are either in the water or on ice floes nearby. According to the experts of the BBC, in the case of Roddikton-Bid-Arm, the animals went ashore, and then wandered too deep into the provinces and lost orientation. One of the possible reasons is a sharp cooling in early January, which is why the water in the area of the city froze.
The mayor of the Canadian settlement, Sheila Fitzgerald, said that about 40 sea lions remained in Roddikton Bid Arm. They overlook the roads and block the buildings. At the same time, city dwellers cannot help them return to the ocean: the laws of Canada prohibit interfering in the life of marine mammals. Therefore, Fitzgerald appealed to the federal authorities.
Few out for a crawl today pic.twitter.com/Qbb5pazTmD
— Brendon FitzPatrick (@BrendonFitzPat3) January 6, 2019
The seals have taken over in Roddickton-Bide Arm
— CBC N.L. (@CBCNL) January 9, 2019
During the week of the invasion of fur seals, two animals brought down cars. Locals are worried that the rest of the fur seals are weak and starved. “We are overwhelmed with calls to help. People see animals suffering, ”Fitzgerald said.