Molokai lawmaker 'beyond upset' about recent monk seal murders

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) - Molokai community leaders are speaking out against the recent deaths of three Hawaiian monk seals which may have been killed by humans.

The Maui News reported Friday that a nontagged juvenile male seal was found dead at Pakaa beach on west of the island in late June.

A second seal, which was born on Kalaupapa last April, was found dead on June 18 on the east end of Molokai.

A third seal was found dead in May.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says eight monk seal deaths have occurred on Molokai since 2009. They are believed to be caused by human-inflicted trauma.

State Rep. Lynn DeCoite of Molokai said Wednesday that she was "beyond upset by the recent deaths of monk seals."

Information from: The Maui News, http://www.mauinews.com

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