Kauai wildlife refuge to construct predator fence

LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) - A spokeswoman for the Kauai National Wildlife Refuge Complex says a seven-acre pest-proof fence will be constructed on the Nihoku section of the refuge to protect native coastal plans and birds.

Shannon Stutzer-Smith says the fence will keep out introduced predators such as cats, dogs, mongooses, rats and mice to protect species such as the moli, or Laysan albatross, and endangered nene, or Hawaiian goose.

The area also will be used to translocate endangered ao, or Newell's shearwater.

The Garden Island (http://bit.ly/15O67tz) reports the refuge will break ground on the fence next summer and construction could take two to three months.

The fencing system will be similar to the one at Kaena Point on Oahu.

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