Drivers warned to avoid striking endangered Nene

MAUI (HawaiiNewsNow) - Haleakalā National Park is asking for the public's help in protecting the endangered Hawaiian goose or nēnē.

Nēnē pairs are frequenting roadside areas and parking lots outside and inside the park in preparation for nesting and rearing their young. This behavior is expected to continue throughout the nesting season ending in April.

Park visitors are reminded to obey posted speed limits and exercise caution while driving in the park and surrounding areas. Inclement weather conditions may impair road visibility, especially during the winter months.

The park has a population estimate of 250 nēnē. On average, there has been one nēnē road fatality per year during the nesting season.