It's happened again: Another endangered Hawaiian monk seal has been found bludgeoned to death. It's the ninth suspicious death of a monk seal since 2009; some have been cruelly beaten, others shot.
There are fewer than 1,000 Hawaiian monk seals left in the wild, so each killing pushes these precious animals closer to the brink. The story of the latest victim, a young female monk seal known as RF58, is heartbreaking: Born in June, she survived a dog attack only a month later and was soon coming into her breeding years with the promise of pups that would help her species survive. Then she was found dead Nov. 30 on a beach in Kauai.
The Center, which has been working for years to save these rare seals, is teaming up with local groups in offering a $25,000 reward for information on RF58's killer.
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