Hawaiian Island Cats No Longer Welcome at Mauna Loa, Unless They’re Outside The 5-Mile Fence

If you’re planning to visit Hawai’i in the near future, you’ll no doubt be lured and amazed by the island state’s beauty. There’s a reason humans include the Big Island in their travel plans every year.

If you’re a cat, however, you’ll find the local attractions to be a somewhat restricted from now on. The state has recently completed one of the largest feline-focused public works projects to date–a 5-mile long cat-proof fence around the perimeter of Mauna Loa, the world’s largest volcano.

Cats arrived on the Hawaiian Islands likely during one of Captain Cook’s three visits to the island. According to the U.S. Geological Survey’s Hawaiian Volcano Observatory the progeny of those first few felines now reside on all of the main islands, at every elevation.