Reward offered in monk seal death

A group of 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 an endangered 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.

The 15-year-old Hawaiian monk seal, known as R4DP, was found dead on a beach near Eleele on Feb. 23. Investigators said it had injuries “inconsistent with any natural cause of death associated with wild monk seals.”

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