The Department of Conservation is urging New Zealanders to express caution when it comes to controlling their dogs, as seals around the country take to land over the colder months, Stuff reports. The New Zealand fur seal, kekeno, can often be spotted along coastlines during the winter months. It is the season when pups tend to be weaned, which means they explore their surroundings more, and male seals like to leave their breeding colonies to explore and rest. DOC advised that those who encounter a seal should give it space – any less than 20 metres is a breach of the Marine Mammals Protection Act.
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