- Associated Press - Monday, March 3, 2014

POINT REYES NATIONAL SEASHORE, Calif. (AP) - Parts of Point Reyes National Seashore in Northern California have been closed to protect breeding harbor seals and their pups.

The National Park Service began the closures Saturday for four months to protect the several thousand seals that come to the Seashore to give birth on the sand bars and remote beaches.

The affected areas include Drakes Estero - a popular spot for kayakers - Hog Island in Tomales Bay and the westernmost portion of Limantour Spit.

Park officials are also asking visitors to stay at least 100 yards away from resting seals.

Last year, park employees counted more than 3,000 harbor seals; 1,350 of which were pups.

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