08 Jan '12, 1am

Hawaii hit by killings of endangered Hawaiian monk seals, despite efforts to protect them

HONOLULU (AP) - Two Hawaiian monk seals were found bludgeoned to death on a remote coast of Molokai - one was killed in mid-November and the other shortly before Christmas. Earlier this month, a dead seal showed up on Kauai. A fourth possible killing on Molokai is also under investigation. No one knows who is killing the seals - a critically endangered species - or why. But the deaths are coming as the federal government steps up its efforts to protect the seals, leading to simmering resentment among some fishermen who fear new regulations will trample upon their right to fish. The killings are also happening as the misguided notion spreads that the animals aren't native to Hawaii and don't belong here. 'It's really serious. This attitude, this negative attitude toward the seals has overpowered the concern that this is a species that's going to become extinct,' said Mr Wal...

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