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October 2, 2012

Rewards Offered for Information About Hawaii Wildlife Crimes

Anyone with information is asked to call 1-855-DLNR-TIP

  • Rewards totaling $30,000 are being offered for information about the suspicious deaths of monk seals. Tracy Wurth/NOAA

By sponsoring a tipline and offering rewards, The HSUS and The Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust are supporting the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources in efforts to combat poaching and designated wildlife-related crimes.

If you have any information about the crimes listed below, please call the toll-free, confidential reward tipline: 1-855-DLNR-TIP (1-855-356-7847).


Confidential tipline: 1-855-DLNR-TIP (1-855-356-7847)

Maui sea turtle killings

In response to recent reports of illegal sea turtle killings on Maui and the discovery of shells and gear believed to be used to drown the turtles, we're offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for these crimes. Sea turtles are protected under federal and state law, and we urge Hawaii residents to report any information on these killings. Learn more »

Illegal transport, release, or abandonment of axis deer

In June 2012, Hawaii enacted a law prohibiting the intentional possession and interisland transportation or release of wild or feral deer. A reward of up to $2,500 is offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the illegal transport, release or abandonment of deer on the Big Island. Anyone with information on this illegal activity is asked to report it to the tipline. Learn more »

Suspicious monk seal deaths

The first case under this new reward program and tipline involves three monk seals killed on Moloka‘i and a fourth monk seal found killed on Kaua‘i. Along with The HSUS’s $2,500 reward offering, the Conservation Council for Hawaii, the Center for Biological Diversity and the Marine Conservation Institute are collectively offering $2,500 for each incident. A generous anonymous local donor has offered to match these rewards, bringing the reward total up to $30,000, or $10,000 per seal. Anyone with information about these cases is asked to report it to the tipline. Learn more » and Download a printable reward poster »

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