HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – Federal officials are offering a reward of up to $5,000 to anyone who can provide information leading to the conviction of the persons responsible for the killing of a Hawaiian monk seal on Kauai. The five-year-old seal was found dead due to foul play on April 19, 2009 on a remote beach outside of Kaumakani on Kauai's west side.
"The killing of this endangered Hawaiian Monk Seal is not only a violation of federal law, but a crime against all the people who call Hawaii their home," said Special Agent in Charge William Pickering of The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
"It is our hope that this reward will bring someone forward that can supply us with the information needed to arrest and convict those who would commit such a heinous act."
There are only an estimated 1,200 Hawaiian monk seals alive today.
A person convicted of a violation of the endangered species act could face fines of up to $50,000, one year in prison or both.