Crews finishing pest-proof fence at Kaena Point | Environment
Native plants and animals at Kaena Point will soon have protection from pesky predators.
Workers are just about finished erecting a $250,000 pest-proof fence. It will seal off 59 acres of coastal land at the western most tip of Oahu.
The mesh is so fine, even small rodents cannot get through it. Rats, mongooses, cats and other predators are unable to climb over the specially designed hood, or go under the apron.
A vocal minority has expressed cultural and visual concerns, but people hiking at Kaena Point all approved of the new fence.
"I think the fence is great. I think that it's a wonderful way to preserve this area and to have the birds come back," Mililani resident Barbara Bjorkman said.
After the last stretch of mesh is installed, gates will be built so hikers can still access the area.
"I'm definitely for the fence. I like the albatross very much so. I don't want anything to pretty much ruin their habitat," Hickam resident Kyle Thurmond said.
The idea is to keep predators out so the albatross, monk seals and other native plants and animals can thrive.
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