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Australian fur seal runs amok in Launceston, Tasmania’s rogue seal capital

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The seal will be released back into the wild after its sojourn to suburbia. Photo: ABC
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It’s not everyday you get chased by a seal, but rounding them up in a Tasmania suburb is becoming a regular thing.

A rogue Australian fur seal dawdled into Kachina Street in Newstead this morning, just one street away from where a 200 kilogram animal dubbed “Lou-seal” created havoc on Boxing Day.

Lou-seal squashed a car in a driveway and left people trapped inside the house for several hours before he was tranquilised and taken away.

Wildlife ranger Matt Jones said it took six workers and onlookers to help lift the latest rogue seal into a cage.

Mr Jones said the male seal weighed about 180kg, but they can grow to be 300kg.

“They don’t move very fast and they can do a fair bit of damage, as you’ve seen in the past,” Mr Jones said.

“We guesstimate the weight of the animal and use the drugs to help sedate it so it’s easier to move and we’re able to relocate it to a safer area.”

Mr Jones said seal sightings were becoming more frequent.

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Another seal, dubbed Lou-seal, roamed the same suburb on Boxing Day. Photo: ABC

“We’ve had a few seals in this area over the last few months,” he said.

“It’s probably come up the Tamar estuary just looking for native fish.

“They do like their own space so if people go near them or dogs, they get stressed.”

Lou-Seal was also released back into the wild, but not before becoming a social media celebrity.

Last July, an Australian fur seal found was found taking a nap in a toilet block at cemetery after making its way up a river at Devonport.


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