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SH1 road builders allowed to harass seals

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 9/05/2017
CORRECTION - A young fur seal listens to repair crews clear a landslide on State Highway 1 caused by the November 14, 7.8 earthquake that hit Kaikoura, in Oaro on November 21, 2016. 
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Workers have permission to kill and harass seals while rebuilding earthquake-damaged State Highway 1 around Kaikoura.

The Department of Conservation permit allows NZ Transport Agency and KiwiRail staff to "kill, injure, tranquillise, harass [and] disturb" seals, Fairfax reports.

The permissions cover workers repairing the highway between Oaro and the Clarence River until March 2018.

NZTA earthquake recovery manager Steve Mutton says they have no intention of killing or deliberately harming seals.

DOC's Roy Grose says the permit allows workers to move seals away from construction sites to prevent them being injured. It also protected workers from prosecution if animals died as a result of rockfalls or other accidental causes, he said.

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