The Department of Land and Natural Resources is investigating the death of a 3-year-old male monk seal, who was found dead on Sunday.
DLNR chair William Aila said the seal was found on a Northeast Kaua'i beach in an area were seals have been harmed before. "Inevitably those against monk seals have to realize they don't have a choice," Aila said. "The monk seals are here to stay."
DLNR officials say this is the fifth monk seal death under investigation.
Since November, three seals were found dead on Molokai and two have been found dead on Kaua'i.
The reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the monk seal deaths is now up to $40,000.
The anonymous and reward tip line is 1-855-DLNR-TIP.