Wildlife refuge seeks to keep preda­tors out

The Maui News - - TODAY’S PEOPLE -

A quar­tet of feral pigs roots for food ear­lier this month in­side the bound­aries of the Kealia Pond Na­tional Wildlife Refuge. Refuge staffers re­port an in­flux of pigs and deer over the past five years, with a fur­ther in­crease since sugar farm­ing op­er­a­tions shut down. Refuge Man­ager Joe Sch­wa­gerl said the 700-acre refuge re­cently re­ceived a grant of nearly $1 mil­lion to in­stall preda­tor-proof fenc­ing around the perime­ter of the refuge. The 7-foot-tall fence will be topped by a hood to keep out cats and at the bot­tom by quar­ter-inch wire mesh­ing run­ning into the ground to stop pigs and mon­gooses. Sch­wa­gerl said the project is out to bid, and con­trac­tors have been in­vited to tour the project Aug. 9. He said the grant pro­vides enough money to fence in most of the refuge but not along North Ki­hei Road, where the pond it­self will be used to block ac­cess. He also said the long-closed in­ter­pre­tive Vis­i­tor Cen­ter is sched­uled to re­open in mid-Au­gust.

The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.