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Man fined $100 for touching seal, an endangered species

June 26, 2011
The Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - Touching an endangered Hawaiian monk seal is going to cost a 19-year-old man $100.

Cameron Cayaban pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court to harassing, harming or pursuing an endangered species.

A federal magistrate judged imposed $100 in fines and fees.

Cayaban was charged with slapping a Hawaiian monk seal at Kalaeloa's White Plains Beach in March.

His lawyer says Cayaban was overcome when he saw the seal, ran up to the animal and touched it.

Witnesses reported the incident to military police.



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