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Reward offered for Cape Cod seal killers

June 16, 2011 at 3:16 PM

YARMOUTH PORT, Mass., June 16 (UPI) -- A $10,000 reward is being offered for information on those responsible for killing at least six gray seals on Cape Cod in Massachusetts, officials said.

Kerry Branon, a spokesman for the International Fund for Animal Welfare, based in Yarmouth Port, raised half the amount and two anonymous groups each raised $2,500 in the effort to get information leading to the arrest of whoever shot the seals to death on Cape Cod beaches over the last few weeks, the Cape Cod Times reported Wednesday.

"You couldn't find a more innocent and easy target than shooting a seal, and it is the ultimate act of cowardice," said Sheila Fitzgerald, a contributor to the IFAW reward.

The Marine Mammal Protection Act outlaws killing gray seals.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Office of Law Enforcement is investigating the seal killings, the newspaper said.

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