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Seal numbers out of control

In the waters and beaches off this Cape Cod town, the shiny scalps and whiskered snouts of the gray seal are everywhere. They bask in the sun, mug for boaters and, fisherman say, eat way too many fish.The thousands of gray seals off Chatham show the success of a federal law that protects all marine mammals, including the Cape’s once-sparse seal population, which had been thinned in part by a killing bounty.But the 1972 law didn’t plan any curbs once populations rebounded, and fishermen say the ubiquitous and voracious seals are destroying their businesses and there’s no way to stop them.

Read the original article at: CBS News

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