Reward offered again for information about monk seal death

A group of nonprofit, non-government organizations is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone who may have participated in the death of a Hawaiian monk seal on Kauai last month.

This is the 5th time the Center for Biological Diversity, Conservation Council for Hawaii, Humane Society of the United States, and the Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust have offered rewards for monk seal deaths.

An oft-spotted, 15-year-old endangered Hawaiian monk seal, known as R4DP, was found dead on a beach near Eleele on Feb. 23.

Officers from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Office of Law Enforcement and from the DLNR Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement are investigating the female seal’s death as suspicious, as it had injuries “inconsistent with any natural cause of death associated with wild monk seals.”

A press conference on the case is scheduled 1 p.m. Friday at the Department of Land and Natural Resources Chair’s Office in Honolulu.

Suzanne Case, DLNR chair, is scheduled to be there, along with Robert Farrell, Enforcement Chief, DLNR Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement; Angela Amlin, Hawaiian Monk Seal Recovery Coordinator, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Pacific Islands Regional Office; and Keith Dane, Humane Society of the United States.

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