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Have you ever tried to move a 4,000-pound elephant seal? Good luck. Officials have thrown up their hands and decided to leave be some 90 elephant seals that took over Drake’s Beach, in Point Reyes National Seashore just north of San Francisco, California, that was vacated of tourists and park rangers during the shutdown. A huge colony of the seals typically hang out in the area but left Drake’s Beach alone because it swarms with people. But with tourists and rangers absent during the government furlough, the massive animals seized their chance to expand their territory. Rangers used to wave giant tarps at the seals to frighten them away, but lots of these interlopers are pregnant cows, so the tarps have been holstered. If you’d like to see the animals, Point Reyes National Seashore is again open to the public. Just don’t get too close.

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