Two harp seals were killed this week on the roads of a coastal Canadian town, Roddickton-Bide Arm in Newfoundland, as the area is witnessing an influx of the grey mammals, the Canadian broadcaster CDC reported.
According to mayor Sheila Fitzgerald, the road accidents happen because seals' grey coats render them invisible to motorists. She added that a number of drivers have approached the town administration saying that they had also nearly hit the seals.
"It actually feels like we're being inundated with seals because there are seals on the road, there are seals in people's driveways, the backyards, the parking lots, the doorways, the businesses," the mayor said.
However, national regulations prohibit touching the marine mammals, thus, the local public is unable to help the creatures.
Earlier this week, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans stated that it is looking for a solution for the problem, in association with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Newfoundland and Labrador.