Reward offered by group to find seal killer

HELEN HILL
Last updated 07:56 25/07/2013

Seal pups play near Kaikoura

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An international seal conservation group has offered a reward for anyone who can help bring to justice those responsible for the shooting of two seals at Ohau Point, near Kaikoura.

The Seals of Nam was set up in 2010 to stop the killing of cape fur seals off the coast of Namibia and has become a world leader in seal protection.

It has offered about $650 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the culprits.

No-one had come forward as of yesterday.

The seals, a female and an 11-month-old pup, were found on Saturday by a volunteer from Ohau Seals Volunteers at the seal colony beside State Highway 1 with gunshot wounds to their heads.

DOC South Marlborough area manager David Hayes said it was early in the inquiry and he was not surprised that no-one had been in touch about the incident.

It was a month before DOC received any information about who might have beaten 25 seals to death at the same place in 2010, he said.

Mr Hayes said it was not known whether the female seal was the pup's mother.

There were about 10,000 seals at the Ohau Point breeding colony, one of the biggest on the east coast, he said.

Anyone with information is asked to contact DOC's South Marlborough office, 03 572 9100, or the Kaikoura police 03 391 5038.

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- The Marlborough Express

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