Endangered Hawaiian geese rebound, now relocated

Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii's state bird was once so endangered, there were just 30 left on the planet.

Now, the Aloha State is spending hundreds of thousands of dollars a year to move hundreds of geese away from runways at the airport on Kauai.

Officials want to keep the gray, brown and white-feathered geese known as nene (neigh-neigh) from disrupting flights to an island that welcomes more than 1 million visitors a year.

Or worse, endanger passengers like when a bird strike knocked out both engines of a U.S. Airways jet, forcing it to crash-land in New York's Hudson River in 2009.

Over the past few months, state workers snatched nearly 300 geese from a resort and sent them to Maui and the Big Island on helicopters and a Coast Guard plane.

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