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Hawaiian monk seal returns to Kauai canal after being removed

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KAPAA, KAUAI (HawaiiNewsNow) -

A young Hawaiian monk seal, dubbed R-H92, has returned to the Lihi canal in Kapaa just two weeks after state wildlife crews took her away.

She was removed from the area over safety concerns. 

Two other young seals drowned in the canal in recent years after getting stuck in marine debris.

R-H92 was spotted feeding on small fish and discarded fish parts. She was also seen with a friend -- another adult Hawaiian monk seal.

"Any time you attract a wild animal into an area where human use is high, you're increasing the risk of interaction between people and the seal.  You're also exposing the seal to more risks, such as fishing nets that might be in the water, fishing hooks or strikes by boats," NOAA researcher Jamie Thomton said. 

DOCARE officers are increasing patrols in the canal, reminding boaters and fishermen that it is illegal to dump fish scraps. Doing so could lead to fines.

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