Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Feral pets add to interlopers’ toll

Goeggel advocates fencing out and relocating the problem animals, such as rooting pigs.
Some sympathetic residents even help the survival of non-native animals, setting out food for cats, including those known to prey upon colonies of native birds on Maui.
Hawaii wildlife officials, however, made their own stance on the feral pet issue clear earlier this month.
State-hired hunters shot and killed four dogs on Nov. 6 believed to have slain at least 113 fledgling wedge-tailed shearwaters inside an Oahu nature reserve.
"Pets that are abandoned or left to run loose in a Hawaiian ecosystem become predators with catastrophic results," said Peter Young, director of the Department of Land and Natural Resources, following the shootings.

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