A New York Time article reports that at least six gray seals have been dead along Cape Cod beaches, and great white sharks have been ruled out as potential suspects. The seal carcasses were found with gunshot wounds to the head. While speculation about the motivation behind the seal killings runs fairly rampant in the article, investigators don’t seem to have much in the way of leads on who is responsible for the shootings.
The International Fund for Animal Welfare is offering a $5,000 reward for information on the shootings, and two other anonymous groups have each offered additional rewards of $2,500, bringing the total to $10,000 in reward money. The New York Times reports that the sum of reward money is "nearly $15,000."
It is a federal crime to harass or injure gray seals under the Marine Mammal Protection Act.