During the nineteenth century, the Galapagos fur seal was severely impacted by the large-scale commercial seal hunting that was rampant at the time (3) (7). By the early twentieth century, the Galapagos fur seal was believed to be extinct, until a small colony was discovered in 1932-33 (7). Since then, and following the end of extensive seal hunting (3), numbers have increased substantially (7), and the Galapagos fur seal is no longer exploited (2). Today, the spread of feral dogs on the Galapagos Islands may jeopardise the future of some of the fur seal colonies (2).
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