The Suffolk County SPCA has increased the reward for information leading to the arrest of the person who killed a seagull in Montauk last month.
A guest at the Royal Atlantic Hotel lured the birds with bread, then started throwing rocks between 2 and 4 p.m. Saturday, July 23. A rock the size of a brick was thrown at one of the gulls, killing it, Suffolk SPCA officials said.
The reward has been increased from $1,000 to $8,500.
The case was the third of five violent attacks on wildlife on the East End last month.
Officials said a seagull was seen impaled with an arrow on East Main Street in Patchogue, a seagull was seen on The Long Wharf in Sag Harbor with a dart stuck in its head, someone shot an arrow through a swan in Riverhead on July 22 and a turtle was found with a nail driven through it in Sag Harbor on July 5.
All of the cases remain unsolved.
Anyone with information can contact the Suffolk County SPCA at 631-382-7722. All calls will be kept confidential.