Elephant Seal Determined to Cross California Freeway Sedated

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) —

Rescue crews in Northern California have tranquilized a wayward seal that snarled traffic by trying to cross a highway several times.

Veterinarians sedated the 900-pound elephant seal Tuesday, and at least 12 people loaded the unconscious animal onto a tarp and then brought it to a waiting truck.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that officials plan to examine the pinniped and then take it to Point Reyes, where they’ll release it back into the wild.

The Marine Mammal Center and the San Pablo Bay National Marine Sanctuary dispatched rescue teams Monday after receiving reports of a seal blocking state Route 37.

Before the seal was tranquilized, a rescue worker in a kayak used a bullhorn to yell at the animal and try to scare it back into open water, but that effort failed.