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Sammy Seal evades capture again
Common seal - generic
The seal will be moved away from the salmon stocks
A seal which is eating its way through salmon stocks in a popular river for anglers has again evaded capture.

River managers had wanted to shoot the seal but the plan sparked a public outcry and they now want to take him away to a place of safety.

Divers strung nets across the River Annan in Dumfriesshire to try to trap the seal, which has been named Sammy.

A previous attempt to catch Sammy was made eight days ago and on Thursday he managed to remain in hiding again.

The seal was first spotted in autumn last year in the area, which is popular with walkers, and he has become a local attraction.

However, it is also a valuable angling spot and river managers, concerned about stocks, first made plans to solve the problem before Christmas.

They obtained a licence which allows them to shoot him if necessary.

The level of public outrage forced a re-think and experts from the Sea Life Centre at Oban were drafted in to try to catch Sammy and take him to a new home well away from the salmon river.

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