01/17/14 – DLNR Plans Animal Control Activities In Palila Habitat

Posted on Jan 17, 2014 in Forestry & Wildlife, Hunting, News Releases

DEPARTMENT OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES
News Release

NEIL ABERCROMBIE
GOVERNOR
WILLIAM J. AILA JR,
CHAIRPERSON

For Immediate News Release January 17, 2014

DLNR PLANS ANIMAL CONTROL ACTIVITIES IN PALILA HABITAT
Temporary closures set for Mauna Kea Forest Reserve,
palila mitigation lands, and Kaohe Game Management Area

HILO — The Department of Land and Natural Resources’ (DLNR) Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW) will conduct animal control activities specifically for trapping mouflon/feral sheep hybrids; staff hunting, and/or aerial shooting from helicopters for feral goats, feral sheep, mouflon and mouflon/feral sheep hybrids within palila critical habitat in the Mauna Kea Forest Reserve (Unit A), palila mitigation lands, and the Ka’ohe Game Management Area (Unit G) on the island of Hawai’i

Aerial shooting is required for compliance with the federal court order mandating the removal of sheep and goats from critical habitat for palila, a bird endemic to Hawai’i.

Control schedules are January 22 and 23, 2014; February 5 and 6; 2014 and March 19 and 20, 2014.

Public access to Mauna Kea Forest Reserve, palila mitigation lands, the Ka’ohe Game Management Area and Mauna Kea Hunter Access Road will be restricted and allowed BY PERMIT ONLY for animal salvage purposes on the following dates:

7 a.m. January 22, February 5, and March 19, 2014
6 a.m. January 23, February 6, and March 20, 2014

These actions are pursuant to Hawai’i Administrative Rules Chapters 13-130-19 and 13-104-23(a) (3). The Mauna Kea Observatory Road will remain open.

The temporary closure is needed to minimize the dangers of incompatible uses in the forest area and safely conduct animal control activities. To implement the closure, both the Hale Pohaku and Kilohana gated entrances to Unit A and G and the gate behind Mauna Kea State Recreation Area will be locked/reopened as follows:

Locked 7 p.m. January 21, 2014, and reopened 7 p.m. January 23, 2014
Locked 7 p.m. February 4, 2014, and reopened 7 p.m. February 6, 2014
Locked 7 p.m., March 18, 2014, and reopened 7 p.m. March 20, 2014

Copies of the map illustrating the area subject to aerial shooting on these dates are available for inspection at the Division of Forestry and Wildlife Office.

Due to high public participation, telephone call-ins to the DOFAW Kamuela Office at (808) 887-6063 for receiving salvage permits will be conducted up to 10 a.m. the day before each shoot day. One permit will be issued per call per vehicle for one day only.

Applicants can have their names added to a stand-by list for additional days, should all slots not be filled by other applicants. No standbys waiting at the gates will be allowed access. The driver, occupants, vehicle license plate, and make/model of vehicle are needed when calling in.

A maximum of 15 permitted vehicles will be allowed at the Pu‘u Ko‘ohi location and 10 permitted vehicles at the Kaluamakani location.

Carcasses taken during the shoot will be available to the permitted public for salvage at the following locations (4-wheel drive vehicle are required, and access permits will be issued). There is no guarantee that animals will be able to be salvaged.

The following meat salvage locations are subject to change:

  • On January 22, February 5, and March 19, 2014, at Pu’u Ko’ohi. Permittees must meet at Mauna Kea State Park at 7 a.m. sharp.
  • On January 23, February 6, and March 20, 2014, at Kaluamakani. Permittees must meet across from the Waimea Veterinary office on Mana Road at 6 a.m. sharp.

Contact the Division of Forestry and Wildlife in Hilo at (808) 974-4221 or in Kamuela at (808) 887-6063 for additional details regarding meat salvage or access permits.

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Media Contact:
Deborah Ward
Public Information Specialist
(808) 587-0320