LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) - A new fence on Kauai's north shore is expected to protect endangered birds and rare native plants from cats and other predators.
The Garden Island newspaper reports the fence will protect an 8-mile section of the Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge.
The half-mile $500,000 fence is similar to one built at Kaena Point on Oahu. It will keep out introduced predators like cats, dogs, rats and mice so endangered nene geese and Laysan albatross may flourish.
Officials also plan to introduce a colony of Newell's Shearwater seabirds to the fenced-in area. The species is classified as threatened.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service worked with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, the American Bird Conservancy, the Kauai Endangered Seabird Recovery Project and Pacific Rim Conservation to build the fence.
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