Kauai seabird colony decimated by cats, dogs

Published  11:24 AM HST Sep 19, 2013
Wedgetail Shearwater Bird
LIHUE, Hawaii -

The state says a large colony of Kauai seabirds was decimated this summer in two attacks by dogs and feral cats.

The state Department of Land and Natural Resources said Wednesday more than 80 uau kani or wedge-tailed shearwaters were slaughtered in their nesting area on the south shore of Kauai in July and August.

The birds are abundant and the species isn't endangered or threatened.  But Department Chairman William Aila says large feeding flocks of the seabirds help fishermen locate schools of tuna. He's asking fishermen to speak to their neighbors about keeping their dogs and cats under control so these friends of fishermen can survive.

The department is asking people to keep their dogs on leashes and their cats indoors to prevent such attacks from happening.

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