Hawaiian monk seal pup killed by dog bite


LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) — Federal authorities say a dog attack killed a two-week old Hawaiian monk seal pup and injured four other seals on Kauai.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Wednesday the seals were inside a fenced protection zone at a remote beach on Kauai's north shore. NOAA says one or more dogs got around the fence to attack the animals.

A necropsy determined a dog bite most likely killed the 50-pound pup.

The pup's mother had puncture wounds on her muzzle, indicating she may have been injured while attempting to protect her offspring.

NOAA says another mother-pup pair and a weaned seal also showed puncture wounds consistent with a dog attack. Officials don't believe these wounds are life-threatening.

Hawaiian monk seals are an endangered species.

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