(Image: State Department of Land and Natural Resources)
LIHUE, KAUAI (HawaiiNewsNow) -
A $10,000 reward has been offered for information about the latest suspicious death of a monk seal in the islands.
Last month, R4DP died near Eleele, Kauai, and officials believe the endangered seal was intentionally killed.
Eleven reported monk seal killings since 2009 remain unsolved. There are $10,000 rewards up for five of those seals.
Meanwhile, the state and federal government continue to seek witnesses to the suspicious death of R4DP, a 15-year-old tagged female seal.
“If someone intentionally killed this defenseless endangered Hawaiian monk seal as she lay resting on the beach, they did so with complete disregard for regulations and the reasons behind them," said Ben Callison, president of the Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust, in a news release.
"This is an egregious crime against wildlife, and is particularly reprehensible when it involves an endangered species struggling to make a comeback. We must work together to ensure any and all who were involved are held fully accountable."
Hawaiian monk seals are found nowhere else in the world. The species is critically endangered, with an estimated 1,400 remaining in the wild.