Seal found shot dead on Mersea

Gazette: Seal dies in suspicious death on Mersea Seal dies in suspicious death on Mersea

POLICE are investigating after a seal was found shot dead.

Colchester Council staff spotted the seal washed up at Mersea and recovered the body.

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 wildlife@essex.pnn.police.uk.

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4:44pm Thu 19 Dec 13

pixiebell87 says...

catch the sicko who done it and shoot them!!!
catch the sicko who done it and shoot them!!! pixiebell87

8:16pm Thu 19 Dec 13

All_talk_no_action says...

Today 300,000 chickens electrocuted and necks cut and left to bleed to death.
Turkeys, cows, pigs and other defencless creatures blar blar blar
Today 300,000 chickens electrocuted and necks cut and left to bleed to death. Turkeys, cows, pigs and other defencless creatures blar blar blar All_talk_no_action

10:57pm Thu 19 Dec 13

Kelfamily says...

Oh no hope it's not Sammy!
Oh no hope it's not Sammy! Kelfamily

10:49am Fri 20 Dec 13

chuffster says...

Did it owe someone money?
Did it owe someone money? chuffster

4:46pm Fri 20 Dec 13

Jerry61 says...

All_talk_no_action wrote:
Today 300,000 chickens electrocuted and necks cut and left to bleed to death.
Turkeys, cows, pigs and other defencless creatures blar blar blar
Yummy....
[quote][p][bold]All_talk_no_action[/bold] wrote: Today 300,000 chickens electrocuted and necks cut and left to bleed to death. Turkeys, cows, pigs and other defencless creatures blar blar blar[/p][/quote]Yummy.... Jerry61

11:32pm Fri 20 Dec 13

Jerry61 says...

pixiebell87 wrote:
catch the sicko who done it and shoot them!!!
You really should read the whole story before commenting pixiebell.

Darren Tansley, water for wildlife officer at Essex Wildlife Trust, said: "We don’t know for certain whether this injury was from a gun"

Sensationalist headlines from the Gazette don't really help matters either...lazy reporting and misleading comments in my opinion. Still, why let the facts get in the way of a good story eh?
[quote][p][bold]pixiebell87[/bold] wrote: catch the sicko who done it and shoot them!!![/p][/quote]You really should read the whole story before commenting pixiebell. Darren Tansley, water for wildlife officer at Essex Wildlife Trust, said: "We don’t know for certain whether this injury was from a gun" Sensationalist headlines from the Gazette don't really help matters either...lazy reporting and misleading comments in my opinion. Still, why let the facts get in the way of a good story eh? Jerry61

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