Wildlife officials on Kauai are keeping a close eye on Laysan albatross chicks, especially since 22 of them have disappeared over the past three weeks.
Officials say feral cats have been taking the chicks from a wildlife refuge.
In response, they’ve set up traps and so far, they’ve caught eight feral cats.
“We’ve noticed the mortality has subsided since we’ve removed 8 cats, and yes we have seen a reduction in mortality,” said Michael Mitchell with the Kauai National Wildlife Refuge Complex.
The Laysan albatross is a near threatened species.