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Parts of Point Reyes National Seashore Closed to Protect Seal Pups

From March 1 to June 30, Drakes Estero and Hog Island in Tomales Bay will be closed to human activity.

By Bay City News Service:

Parts of Point Reyes National Seashore will be closed for four months to protect seals and their newborn pups, according to the National Park Service.

 From March 1 to June 30, Drakes Estero -- a popular spot for kayakers -- and the westernmost portion of Limantour Spit will be closed to human activity to protect Harbor seals that haul out in the area to rest and give birth to pups, according to the National Park Service.

 Hog Island in Tomales Bay is also closed to human activity during the same period, the park service said.

 Visitors to other areas of Point Reyes National Seashore are asked to stay at least 100 yards away from any resting seals and their pups, who are sometimes left alone while mother seals feed, the park service said.

 People should never try to approach or pick up a seal pup, even one that appears abandoned, according to park officials.

 Harbor seal pups are about two feet long, weigh around 24 pounds and are weaned about 30 days after birth.

 Anyone who has concerns about a particular seal should alert park staff at one of the visitor centers.

 It is estimated that the number of seals breeding at Point Reyes National Seashore represents around 20 percent of the California mainland population, according to the park service.


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Al Nymous March 06, 2014 at 01:51 AM
An environmentalist already has a house in the woods.
Hopkin March 06, 2014 at 03:37 AM
3per, maybe aliens (the outer space kind) have timeshares in our parks, and want more privacy at times.
Al Nymous March 06, 2014 at 12:18 PM
I know Novato is full of zombie voters on prozac. So it is possible alien watermelons are invading our parks.
novato 3per March 06, 2014 at 07:54 PM
Zombie voters everywhere you see an "Obama 2012" sticker.
Al Nymous March 06, 2014 at 09:01 PM
No kidding. They need to know it's ok to be disappointed in the person you voted for... I wonder if the democrats in Germany kept their Hitler stickers up during the war.

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