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Federal Judge Rules San Diego Seals Should Stay

Children's Pool in La Jolla is home to more than 200 harbor seals.

Photo by Matthew Bietz / Flickr

Above: Children's Pool in La Jolla is home to more than 200 harbor seals.

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Above: A superior Court Judge reaffirmed his ruling ordering the city to remove the seals from the Children's Pool in La Jolla. Local editors discuss the city's plan to use barking dogs to send the seals away.

Another salvo has been fired in San Diego's ongoing seal saga.U.S. District Court Judge William Hayes on Monday reaffirmed his order blocking the city from removing a colony of seals living at Children's Pool Beach in La Jolla.

The order comes less than a week after a San Diego County Superior Court judge said the city must move the seals. Judge Yuri Hofmann set a June 15 date for a hearing to determine how to do it.

The city wants to use recordings of barking dogs to scare off the 200 or so seals.

Seal activists say the animals should be left in peace and removing them could affect tourism because people come to look at the mammals.

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