Hooded seals were hunted in high numbers starting in the 18th century. The popularity of their pelts, especially of the “bluebacks”, which are pup pelts, resulted in a rapid decline of populations. After World War II the hunt for hoodeds seals increased, resulting in concern that they would become endangered. In 1958 laws were introduced, followed by quotas in 1971. Recent efforts include treaties and agreements, banning of hunting in areas such as the Gulf of St. Lawrence, and bans on importation of seal products. Despite these measures hooded seal populations are still on the decline for unknown reasons.
US Federal List: no special status
CITES: no special status
State of Michigan List: no special status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Species: vulnerable
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