Dead seals found on P.E.I. beach were bludgeoned, veterinary college says

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CHARLOTTETOWN - A spokeswoman with the University of Prince Edward Island says test results on 10 seal pups that were found dead on a beach over the weekend concludes it's likely they were bludgeoned.

Anna MacDonald says staff at the school's Atlantic Veterinary College performed a necropsy on the grey seal pups and all had severely fractured skulls.

MacDonald says officials did not find any evidence of gunshots, which means the seals were likely clubbed.

Students from the school found a total of 50 dead grey seals on Murray Beach on Sunday, just a day after seeing them healthy in the same area.

The federal Fisheries Department is investigating.

Humane Society International of Canada is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to a conviction in the case.

Organizations: Atlantic Veterinary College, University of Prince Edward Island, Humane Society International of Canada

Geographic location: P.E.I., CHARLOTTETOWN, Murray Beach

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