WAILUKU >> Molokai community leaders are speaking out against the recent deaths of three Hawaiian monk seals which may have been killed by humans.
A nontagged juvenile male seal was found dead at Pakaa beach on west of the island in late June, The Maui News reported Friday. A second seal, which was born on Kalaupapa last April, was found dead on June 18 on the east end of Molokai.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Office of Law Enforcement and the state Department of Land and Natural Resources Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement are investigating the deaths.
Fewer than 1,400 monk seals remain in the wild, said Suzanne Case, chairwoman for the state Department of Land and Natural Resources.