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Seal found shot dead on Mersea
POLICE are investigating after a seal was found shot dead.
Essex Wildlife Trust and Essex Police were called as it is illegal to shoot seals without a licence and none have been issued along the county's coast.
A licence can be obtained if seals are damaging fishing gear or nets.
Darren Tansley, water for wildlife officer at Essex Wildlife Trust, said: "We don’t know for certain whether this injury was from a gun but if someone out there is now deliberately targeting a species of conservation concern it is a very disappointing development.
"As part of our Living Seas campaign I would urge the public to report any dead seals to either ourselves or the police so we can examine them before they are destroyed."
- Anyone with information should contact Essex Police Wildlife Crime Officer PC Andy Long at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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