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Keith the Severn seal safe - for now

By citizennick  |  Posted: January 25, 2013

Keith the Severn seal

Keith the Severn seal

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A ROGUE grey seal who popped up in the Severn after swimming up swollen rivers will not be shot by the Angling Trust.

The Trust has said it doesn't intend to shoot the female seal, named Keith by locals, despite applying for a licence to shoot the animal as it was affecting fish stocks in the river.

It had been spotted hunting up stream since coming in on flood waters late last year.

Mark Lloyd, chief executive of the Angling Trust, said the application was a ploy in the best interests of the seal.

"We suggested that as a last resort to focus minds at the Environment Agency and Natural England," he said.

"Happily, we've now got an agreement to capture her with British Divers Marine Life Rescue and get her back out to sea."

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  • AmandaCCox  |  January 25 2013, 11:33AM

    Alas the countryside will never make any tourist bucks as long as this hunting, shooting and fishing savagery continues. We have enough trouble trying to convince visitors to the area with the boar and badger culling. Its the 21st Century and we need to attract people to the area for its wild beauty and promote it as a sanctuary for both humans and animals alike in these ever more stressful and urbanised society.

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  • TimMessanger  |  January 25 2013, 11:08AM

    Ban angling and remove the reason for wanting to shoot the seal!

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  • geraint2010  |  January 25 2013, 10:04AM

    Ploy my ar$e! If you did shot this beautiful intelligent creature the public backlash against your "sport" would have cost you dearly and you know it.

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  • QuedgeleyGuy  |  January 25 2013, 9:54AM

    A wise decision as Seals are Wild Mammals. Fish are just there to amuse the Anglers.

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  • lordigaga  |  January 25 2013, 9:52AM

    anglers eh, kill everything that effects their killing of fish, just like fox hunters, and bird shooters, its about time it was all banned

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  • valhalla2010  |  January 25 2013, 9:00AM

    I would have thought that getting the seal to her natural environment would have been the first option!

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