Keith the Severn seal safe - for now
A ROGUE grey seal who popped up in the Severn after swimming up swollen rivers will not be shot by the Angling Trust.
The Trust has said it doesn't intend to shoot the female seal, named Keith by locals, despite applying for a licence to shoot the animal as it was affecting fish stocks in the river.
It had been spotted hunting up stream since coming in on flood waters late last year.
Mark Lloyd, chief executive of the Angling Trust, said the application was a ploy in the best interests of the seal.
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"We suggested that as a last resort to focus minds at the Environment Agency and Natural England," he said.
"Happily, we've now got an agreement to capture her with British Divers Marine Life Rescue and get her back out to sea."