The Use of Predator Proof Fencing as a Management Tool in the Hawaiian Islands: A Case Study of Ka`ena Point Natural Area Reserve

Date
2012-03
Authors
Young, Lindsay C.
VanderWerf, Eric A.
Mitchell, Christen
Yeun, Emma
Miller, Christopher J.
Smith, David G.
Swenson, Chris
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Pacific Cooperative Studies Unit, University of Hawaii at Manoa
Abstract
The Ka`ena Point Ecosystem Restoration Project was the result of a partnership between the Hawai`i Department of Land and Natural Resources, Divisions of Forestry and Wildlife and State Parks, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Hawai`i Chapter of The Wildlife Society. Ka`ena Point Natural Area Reserve (NAR) hosts one of the largest seabird colonies in the main Hawaiian islands, three species of endangered plants, and is a pupping ground for the endangered Hawaiian monk seals. Prior to fence construction, nesting seabirds and native plants were under constant threat from predatory animals; up to 15% of seabird chicks were killed each year prior to fledging and many endangered plants were unable to reproduce as a result of seed predation. The project involved the construction of predator-proof fencing (2m tall) to prevent feral predators such as dogs, cats, mongoose, rats and mice from entering into 20ha of coastal habitat within Ka`ena Point, followed by removal of these species.
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Young LC, Vanderwerf EA, Mitchell C, Yuen E, Miller CJ, Smith DG, Swenson C. 2012. The use of predator proof fencing as a management tool in the Hawaiian Islands: a case study of Ka`ena Point Natural Area Reserve. Honolulu (HI): Pacific Cooperative Studies Unit, University of Hawaii at Manoa. Technical report, 180. 87 pages.
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