Video of feral cat killing endangered bird highlights growing problem on Kauai

Photo: Kauai Endangered Seabird Recovery Project
Photo: Kauai Endangered Seabird Recovery Project

Feral cats on Kauai are a growing problem for an endangered Hawaiian seabird.

Recent video provided by the Kauai Endangered Seabird Recovery Project shows a feral cat crawling into the burrow of a Hawaiian petrel and killing it.

Project coordinator Andre Raine says it’s becoming an all too common occurrence on the island.

“We’ve had cats visiting burrows multiple times over the last few years,” he told KHON2. “In one case, we had a cat hit nine burrows in the course of a single day.”

Cameras are set up to monitor the birds’ burrows “to see how the bird is doing, to see when they arrive on their burrows and how their chicks fledge,” Raine said.

“I don’t think people realize that no matter where you go on this island, that Kauai has very remote parts of the islands, but there are feral cats all throughout these areas and they have significant impacts not only our seabirds, but also other native endemic birds on the island,” he added.

The project is currently looking at ways to deal with the cats and other non-native predators.

Watch the full video below:

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