Judge Okays Year-Round Barrier for San Diego Seals

By: AP Email
By: AP Email


SAN DIEGO (AP) - A San Diego judge has given the seal of approval to a rope barrier designed to protect the marine mammals.

U-T San Diego says the judge ruled Friday that the rope can remain up year-round at Children's Pool in La Jolla.

Seals moved into the former children's swimming cove in the 1990s, sparking a long feud between their supporters and advocates of beach access.

The city eventually put up a rope barrier to keep people away during the seals' winter-to-May pupping season. An animal protection group sued San Diego last year to keep the rope up year-round.

San Diego Mayor Bob Filner favored that move. Last month, he ordered the beach closed overnight after video surfaced showing people kicking, punching and sitting on the seals.

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