Laysan albatross chicks threatened by feral cats

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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.

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