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Concerns raised about the abandonment of the Carpinteria seal colony population

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CARPINTERIA, Calif .– The harbor seal colony and colony of Carpinteria has seen a decline in population in recent years and the city may take steps to add new protections to the area.

It is located east of Carpinteria State Beach and below the Bailard Cliffs.

The area is clearly demarcated and the public is advised, by signage, not to cross when there are seals on the beach, especially puppies that bond with their mothers.

For comparison, in 2012 there were over 400 seals at the site.

This year, only around 200 people were seen.

The area is guarded by docents who educate the public from a clifftop location.

The Carpinteria City Council will discuss the matter this evening at its regular meeting at the request of a citizen who was concerned about the declining population.

The council is considering forming a committee to review the protections already in place and whether or not to strengthen them.

This could include more signage or planting vegetation on top of a cliff to protect the sight of seals from the looking down public.

The area is also called the “seal sanctuary”. A city report says we think we are
one of four locations where harbor seal colonies exist along southern California
coast.

Another place, in La Jolla, also enjoys similar protections from the local community.

Watch Tonight on KEYT NewsChannel 3-12, KKFX Fox 11

(More details, videos and photos will be added here later today.)

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