Evidence still points to loose dogs
More than 30 Wedge-tailed shearwaters were discovered dead near Lawai on Sunday. Loose dogs are still being blamed for the carnage.
Posted: Wednesday, May 25, 2016 1:15 am | Updated: 9:08 am, Wed May 25, 2016.
Jessica Else - The Garden Island
LAWAI — The Sunday discovery of 34 dead wedge-tailed shearwater birds near Kauai’s Spouting Horn remains under investigation, but officers with Hawaii’s Department of Land and Natural Resources still believe dogs are behind the killings.
“The birds weren’t eaten, cats eat them. Rather, they were bitten and shaken, which leaves broken bones, wings and large puncture holes,” said Sheri Mann, Kauai Department of Forestry and Wildlife district manager.
Mann explained wildlife biologists have seen this pattern before and it’s almost certain dogs are the culprit, but more answers will come from a necropsy of the birds.
The birds were found mostly near the parking lot end of Lawai Road. The carcasses have been taken to the Department of Fish and Wildlife baseyard in Lihue for necropsy.
DLNR spokeswoman Deborah Ward said there’s no word yet on the necropsy, and DLNR staff members have undertaken a dog trapping effort, with the permission of private landowners in the area.
“The dogs are just acting on instinct,” Mann said.