A seal has been found shot dead today at Mersea by Colchester Council staff.
Police are investigating the incident since it is illegal to shoot seals without a valid license.
Darren Tansley with Essex Wildlife Trust said: “We don’t know for certain whether this injury was from a gun but if someone out there is now deliberately targeting a species of conservation concern it is a very disappointing development.
“As part of our Living Seas campaign I would urge the public to report any dead seals to either ourselves or the police so we can examine them before they are destroyed.”
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