By Oscar Valenzuela
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The state is now offering a reward of up to $30,000 to help catch whoever is killing Hawaiian monks seals, and with this new reward comes a new hotline.
The Humane Society of the United States and the Department of Land and Natural Resources have instituted a program they hope will help solve the mysterious slaughter of three Hawaiian monk seals since last November.
Two seals were found slain on Molokai, and just two days into the new year, a Hawaiian monk seal carcass was found at Pi-Laa beach on the north side of Kauai.
Inga Gibson, who runs the Hawaii chapter of The Humane Society help set up the hotline in cooperation with the DLNR.
"The first offering under the new tip-line and reward program will be for information leading to the arrest and the conviction of the person or persons responsible for these cruel acts," she explained.
The hotline number is 1-855-DLNR-TIP. It's a 24 hour toll free number which can be used by anyone with information about impending cases.
The DLNR's enforcement agency DOCARE says the information is held in confidence and investigators will follow up on any leads.
The reward money will be given to anyone whose tip leads to the arrest and conviction of any violators.