LIHUE, KAUAI (HawaiiNewsNow) - State officials believe dogs are likely to blame for the deaths of 34 wedge-tailed shearwaters on Kauai.
The birds were found dead in a seabird colony at Spouting Horn on the island's south coast.
The native birds nest on the ground, making them vulnerable to dog attacks.
The state says the incident underscores the need to leash dogs in the area.
"There have been multiple attacks on Kauai's native birds by dogs and cats over the years," said Thomas Kaiakapu, a state biologist, in a news release.
The state will be trapping dogs in the area to prevent further deaths. The bird carcasses were taken to Lihue.
Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call the state Department of Land and Natural Resouces at 643-DLNR.