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Department is concerned over increasing incidents of harassment of Cape fur seals

#  The Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment is concerned about increasing incidents of harassment of Cape fur seals along the coast. These incidents have included allowing dogs to approach or attack resting seals, throwing stones at them, and enticing seals to chase people for social media footage, including prodding them with sticks. The department’s spokesperson, Peter Mbelengwa, says this type of physical interaction with and feeding of seals is not only dangerous to both humans and seals involved, but is prohibited, and therefore a criminal offence.