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Thursday, November 29, 2007

Australian Fur Seals Killed in Shooting Spree

I'm not sure of the motive behind this killing spree. The seals' bodies were left behind and it sounds like the fur was intact. So, no trophy hunting and no poaching.

Just a little target practice?

Rare and protected Australian fur seals have been killed in an apparent shooting spree in Australia's island state of Tasmania, conservation officials said Wednesday.

At least nine seals had been found dead along the island's east coast, conservation official Andrew Irvine told Australian Associated Press.

Three had been confirmed shot, he said.

The Australian fur seal is one of the world's rarest and its numbers are recovering slowly after it was hunted to the brink of extinction.

Photo by davelight.

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