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S.D. wants seal removal order lifted

July 21, 2009 5:59:50 AM PDT
San Diego officials say they plan on asking a judge to lift an order giving the city 72 hours to remove a colony of federally protected harbor seals from a La Jolla cove called the Children's Pool.The city attorney says the request will be made Thursday and the city will appeal if the judge refuses.

Just hours after a judge ruled the seals must go, Governor Schwarzenegger Monday night signed a state bill giving San Diego power to allow the seal colony to remain.

Activists have waged a decade-long court battle over whether the cove should be reserved for humans or seals.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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