Wareham Department of Natural Resources truck struck during seal search

Apr 12, 2018
Courtesy of: Wareham Department of Natural Resources A Wareham Department of Natural Resources truck was hit during a search for a loose seal on Wednesday.

A Wareham Department of Natural Resources officer searching for a loose seal Wednesday night on Onset Avenue was uninjured after his truck was hit by a passing motorist.

According to officials, the officer was searching for a seal spotted on a sidewalk. Wareham Police confirmed the animal was in the area, but it slipped into a nearby swamp before the Department of Natural Resources officer arrived.

The officer was seated inside the parked truck with warning lights flashing when the crash occurred, according to officials. The driver, who was not identified, was taken to Tobey Hospital with unspecified injuries and also charged with operating to endanger and operating under the influence. The incident is under investigation by the Wareham Police Department.

As for the seal, it was last seen near the entrance of the Dudley L. Brown Veterans of Foreign Wars Post in Onset. Wareham authorities have notified the International Fund for Animal Welfare and will continue to search for the seal.

Comments (21)
Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | Apr 12, 2018 01:19

Why wasn't the drunk driver identified?

 

Is this that same seal that was feasting at the all you can eat herring run near the  Elks ?

 



Posted by: cranky pants | Apr 12, 2018 07:22

Thankfully everyone is ok. How do you crash into flashing lights... Brainpower of a moth I suppose. That was a shiny nice new truck too. Realistically, what was the department of natural resources going to do with the seal ?

There is a seal that had made it's way up the Agawam river all the way to the herring run by the Elks. Someone else had commented that they saw two bald eagles in that same stretch of the Agawam river.



Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | Apr 12, 2018 07:56

I was thinking the same thing about what they were going to do with the seal.  A previous statement by Dept of Natural Resources advises to leave them alone.  It was a seal being a seal.  Leave it alone.  Now   we have a damaged truck to deal with   over a seal that wasn't found.



Posted by: Peaches0409 | Apr 12, 2018 08:30

The seal was on a sidewalk. I think they thought was that it may have wandered into the street and been killed. Let's blame to Dept. of Natural Resources though instead of the drunk.....I can't....



Posted by: Garry B. | Apr 12, 2018 08:58

Cranky pants and wareham by the sea, yes you leave a seal alone when it’s on a coastline or a beach or somewhere even remotely close to water.  Not when it’s in Onset Avenue in the dark then goes into a wooded area over a mile away from any saltwater habitat....  We have a responsibility to make sure this animal is ok and we contact agencies like IFAW that we work with in trying to locate the animal, catch it and release it which they are allowed to do.  As for the vehicle accidents happen,  their insurance covers the repairs of the vehicle which is operational.  I’m not sure why I would have to explain that part but.....



Posted by: Peaches0409 | Apr 12, 2018 09:16

Thank you Garry, I'm sure it was pretty scary for you being such a close call. Glad you are ok!



Posted by: cranky pants | Apr 12, 2018 09:55

Thanks for the reply Gary. I wasn't discrediting the department or blaming on anyone as peaches tried to direct. It was an honest question.



Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | Apr 12, 2018 10:14

Yea Gary, me too...ditto Cranky's response. It was late and I was a little cranky myself when I wrote that.  None of it was blaming you or the dept!  It was more out of frustration that a mischievous seal put you in harm's way and inadvertently caused damage to the truck.  Anyways, any word on the little bugger's whereabouts?



Posted by: Andrea Smith | Apr 12, 2018 10:32

A seal wandering onto Onset Ave., especially in the dark of night, wouldn't have just put itself in danger, it would have created a dangerous road hazard for any drivers passing the area.



Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | Apr 12, 2018 11:16

http://www.capecodtimes.com/article/20090107/NEWS/901070328

Speaking of seals in strange places, who remembers the seal that got into the Sandwich Trout Hatchery?  I attached the story.  I was there that day.  It was quite an event.



Posted by: bruce gannon | Apr 12, 2018 12:19

Gary you need to explain any of it because some people just have to ask dumb questions. What are they going to do with  seal? Really? Good lord.

 



Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | Apr 12, 2018 12:27

I was hoping they would have made seal burgers out of it and had a cook out! Although nobody  says that seal tastes like chicken, I've been dying to try it.



Posted by: cranky pants | Apr 12, 2018 13:21

Well Bruce, seeing how you have all the answers...

Were they hoping to catch it and release it on Onset beach, was it going to go the Natural Marne Center in Bourne ? Was it going to be tagged for further studies ?

It's my understanding that the seal was originally spotted in the Agawam river, and somehow it ends up on Onset ave... Was it sick, or just hunting ?

Please tell me Bruce, how long can the seal stay out of the salt water ?

Thanks Bruce.



Posted by: Swifts_Sheriff | Apr 12, 2018 14:13

Peaches , the Seal was trying to find its way to Swifts to join the rest of the Circus ...

WBTS , my parents had tenants from Newfoundland when their relatives visited they brought Seal Meat with them , Man did that stink ...

Garry , the person that hit you , did they have Boxed Wine ?



Posted by: Swifts_Sheriff | Apr 12, 2018 21:32

Garry , you hope they have insurance...lots of folks nowadays don’t have insurance ... that’s why you see so many hit and runs ...



Posted by: thkng60@yahoo.com | Apr 13, 2018 07:16

I heard that they were very tasty. Seal parmigiana, Mmmmmmmm



Posted by: thkng60@yahoo.com | Apr 13, 2018 07:16

I heard that they were very tasty. Seal parmigiana, Mmmmmmmm



Posted by: thkng60@yahoo.com | Apr 13, 2018 07:18

I heard that they were tasty - Seal parmigiana.  Mmmmmmmmm



Posted by: wtbarber | Apr 13, 2018 07:21

The seal was smart enough to use the sidewalk.  I hope it does not get stuck in the swamp brush.  Any updates?



Posted by: bruce gannon | Apr 14, 2018 10:18

Crank, I'm happy to see that your question was born out of concern for the seal. As to your snide shot at me, when you come out from behind a screen name, I'll be sure to care.



Posted by: cranky pants | Apr 14, 2018 23:10

My comment wasn't a snide shot at you. It was more directed at your comment about people asking dumb questions. No harm no foul. You might want to lighten up a bit so you don't get those feelings hurt over things on the internet.



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