Elephant seal population boom creates chaos on California coast

Catching whoever shot and killed three elephant seals at Piedras Blancas is only the latest challenge the burgeoning seal colony is posing for park rangers and wildlife managers in San Luis Obispo County, Calif.

During the most recent breeding season, several wayward seals crossed the highway onto the Hearst Ranch. Another was hit by a car and killed.

Elephant seals have staked out a little more than six miles of coastline between the Piedras Blancas Motel south to Arroyo Laguna. An estimated 15,000 seals visit Piedras Blancas every year.

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