Angling Trust announce Keith will not be shot

Saved: Keith the seal. Picture: GARY MAYNER

Saved: Keith the seal. Picture: GARY MAYNER

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THE Angling Trust has announced it will not pursue a licence to have Keith the seal shot but will work with divers to relocate it.

An agreement has been made between the British Divers Marine Life Rescue Service (BDLRS) and the Angling Trust to relocate Keith back to the sea.

The Angling Trust made the announcement on their Facebook page last night, which claims that recent drops in river levels have improved the prospects of the animal being rescued or for it to go back to the sea on its own accord.

Alan Knight, chairman of the British Divers Marine Life Rescue, said: "They [the Angling Trust] have followed up on all the suggestions we have made about finding a solution that would get the seal back out to sea where it belongs, unharmed.

“We understand the approach they have taken to try to manage this situation on behalf of the angling community and their concern for freshwater fish stocks in the Severn.

“However, it's great that we will now be working together to find a safe and humane solution to prevent this, and other seals, becoming stranded, injured or worse."

Mark Lloyd, chief executive of the Angling Trust said: "We are looking forward to our new partnership with the BDMLR, who are the top experts in this field, and to work with the angling community to rescue Keith who must be very bewildered with all the media attention and crowds.

“In the meantime we are calling on the public not to feed this or any other seal that ventures into freshwater. It only makes matters worse and hinders attempts at relocation."

The BDLRS will need to track the seal’s progress in order to try and rescue it.

Anglers are being asked to report sightings on the middle and lower Severn to seal@anglingtrust.net

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2:55pm Thu 24 Jan 13

1downsie says...

I should think so too - why should a beautiful creature like Keith be under threat because anglers don't like her there. I haven't heard of any sightings of her since last weekend I am just hoping she is ok.
I should think so too - why should a beautiful creature like Keith be under threat because anglers don't like her there. I haven't heard of any sightings of her since last weekend I am just hoping she is ok. 1downsie
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3:51pm Thu 24 Jan 13

RichP2000 says...

Im glad that the angling trust have decided to put the gun away, they have already shot themselves in the foot with it!
Im glad that the angling trust have decided to put the gun away, they have already shot themselves in the foot with it! RichP2000
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6:50pm Thu 24 Jan 13

neilhar says...

Drops in river levels? Give it a couple of days.

Exactly how is a terrifying scarer (scrammer) on a boat and divers in the water with a net, or some other means of entrapment, not going to distress this animal?
Drops in river levels? Give it a couple of days. Exactly how is a terrifying scarer (scrammer) on a boat and divers in the water with a net, or some other means of entrapment, not going to distress this animal? neilhar
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8:58pm Thu 24 Jan 13

emjaypee says...

Like the Angling Trust had any chance of getting a permit to shoot anyway....who are they kidding. They made a monumental mistake with their original statement and now are dressing it up to sound like they have had a change of heart.
Like the Angling Trust had any chance of getting a permit to shoot anyway....who are they kidding. They made a monumental mistake with their original statement and now are dressing it up to sound like they have had a change of heart. emjaypee
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10:28pm Thu 24 Jan 13

Mercuryman says...

Letter to Keith (if only you could read it): You'd be surprised how many thousands of people - literally, thousands, worldwide - have responded to the threat against you being here, in our little backwater, as you might say. You will never know - but we will know - how valued you, and all of our fellow creatures are, when human beings are clear-headed enough to think about it.
Letter to Keith (if only you could read it): You'd be surprised how many thousands of people - literally, thousands, worldwide - have responded to the threat against you being here, in our little backwater, as you might say. You will never know - but we will know - how valued you, and all of our fellow creatures are, when human beings are clear-headed enough to think about it. Mercuryman
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5:13pm Fri 25 Jan 13

mommydoos says...

I just would like to know how the anglers feel the seal is threatening them. Correct me if I'm wrong but angling is a sport- yes? They don't catch fish to feed their families or the greater public do they? If this creature wants to feed let it. We should maybe use the opportunity for it being in our local river to study it and even teach schoolchildren about it- what a wonderful opportunity for that! Get David Attenborough here - he'd put the anglers right!
I just would like to know how the anglers feel the seal is threatening them. Correct me if I'm wrong but angling is a sport- yes? They don't catch fish to feed their families or the greater public do they? If this creature wants to feed let it. We should maybe use the opportunity for it being in our local river to study it and even teach schoolchildren about it- what a wonderful opportunity for that! Get David Attenborough here - he'd put the anglers right! mommydoos
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