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Rope barrier installed to protect seals at Children's Pool

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LA JOLLA (CNS) - A rope barrier to discourage people from wandering down into the Children's Pool in La Jolla during the harbor seals' pupping season was installed Saturday.

The La Jolla Friends of the Seals organization plans to gather above the Children's Pool at 9 a.m. to celebrate the rope's installation.

The rope is traditionally maintained by the city of San Diego through May 15.

The beach was deeded to the city in 1931 for use by children as a safe swimming area, but the seals began to take it over in the early 1990s. This has sparked frequent clashes between animal rights activists and advocates of beach access for humans.

San Diego has been authorized by the California Coastal Commission to keep the rope up full time for a three-year period. The issue is currently before the city's Planning Commission, which doesn't meet again until mid-January.

"Friends" spokeswoman Ellen Shively said pregnant female harbor seals and mothers of newborns are easily disturbed and require extra precautions to ensure their safety.

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