06/16/20-THREE DISTURBING INCIDENTS INVOLVING HAWAIIAN MONK SEALS IN THREE DAYSPosted on Jun 16, 2020 in Aquatic Resources, DOCARE, Main, Media, News Releases, slider, State Parks
|DAVID Y. IGE
SUZANNE D. CASE
For Immediate News Release: June 16, 2020
THREE DISTURBING INCIDENTS INVOLVING HAWAIIAN MONK SEALS IN THREE DAYS
(Honolulu) – Once again DLNR is urging people not to disturb endangered Hawaiian monk seals, resting on beaches.
Over the past three days social media posts have depicted the following incidents:
- A lifted truck, driving on the beach near Kaiwi State Scenic Shoreline in East O‘ahu appears to disturb a seal resting nearby.
- At Nanakuli beach a man is seen handling a resting seal, causing it to move quickly away from him.
- Also, on Nanakuli beach, an anonymous tipster reported loose dogs coming within a few feet of a resting seal.
These incidents are on the heels of another case in East O‘ahu where a pair of off-leash dogs barked at and appeared to be approaching a resting monk seal pup, causing it to flee into the water. The owner of the dogs was cited by officers from the DLNR Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement (DOCARE).
DOCARE Chief Jason Redulla said, “With the reopening of beaches recently, it is critically important that everyone gives resting seals wide-berth. This is both for the safety of people and seals. They are powerful animals and have been known to strike back at people who approach them too closely or harass them. Touching or harassing Hawaiian monk seals, including having loose dogs in close proximity to these critically endangered mammals is a violation of both state and federal laws and can result in high fines and jail time.”
Anyone who has any information on these incidents or witnesses a violation is asked to immediately call 643-DLNR (3567) or report it via the free DLNRTip app or call the NOAA hotline at 888-256-9840.
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Senior Communications Manager