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Endangered Nēnē Killed On Park Road

December 26, 2011

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An adult nēnē, part of a breeding pair, was killed on the road at Haleakalā National Park on December 22, 2011. Motorists traveling to the park are asked to please drive slowly and cautiously. In addition to permanent signs along the park’s road to inform motorists of nēnē crossings, signs have been placed in areas where nēnē have been seen recently.

Unlike other birds, nēnē do not flee when approached by cars. Some visitors feed the nēnē from their cars creating a dangerous association between food and automobiles. The National Park Service reminds people not to feed nēnē.

Motorists traveling to Haleakalā are asked to be aware of nēnē on the road, especially during bad weather when road visibility is compromised. Motorists are advised to follow posted speed limits when driving the long, winding road to the summit.

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