LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) - Authorities say a woman walking her dog on northern Kauai was assaulted after her heeler-mix killed an endangered Hawaii bird.
The Garden Island reports Paulina Ann Ka’aumoana was walking near the Princeville Golf Course on Monday when her unleashed 19-year-old dog killed a baby nene.
Ka’aumoana says a man who witnessed the attacked started kicking her dog, and then kicked and punched her when she intervened.
Kauai police say the 37-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of third-degree assault.
Ka’aumoana says the attack was uncharacteristic of her dog, which is mostly blind and deaf.
A spokesman for the state Department of Land and Natural Resources says the Hawaiian goose carcass was removed and the agency is processing the case.
Nene is a federally protected species.