Kauai strikes deal with feds to protect endangered seabirds

LIHUE, Kauai (AP) - Kauai County says it will spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to protect endangered seabirds under a plea agreement with federal prosecutors. The deal may allow Kauai high school students to play football games at night if the county meets certain conditions. This includes retrofitting lights at county football stadiums.

The county announced the plea agreement in a news release Thursday. Kauai's endangered seabirds have been dying at alarming rates in recent decades, in part because bright lights on the island confuse the birds while they're trying to migrate out to sea.

"We appreciate the cooperation of the Department of Justice in reaching this agreement, and feel that the measures that will be taken will enable us to better allow public use of our facilities while providing proper protection for the birds," said Mayor Bernard Carvalho, Jr

Under the deal, the county agreed to plead guilty with a single misdemeanor count of violating the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

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