07/05/13 – DLNR Plans Animal Control Activities In Palila Habitat

Posted on Jul 5, 2013 in News Releases, State Parks

News Release


For Immediate News Release July 5, 2013


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 within palila critical habitat in the Mauna Kea Forest Reserve (Unit A), palila mitigation lands, and the Kaohe Game Management Area (Unit G) on the island of Hawaii for feral goats, feral sheep, mouflon and mouflon/feral sheep hybrids.

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 Hawaii.

Control schedules are July 15 and 16, Aug. 28 and 29, and from September 3 to 6, 2013.

Public access to Mauna Kea Forest Reserve, palila mitigation lands, the Kaohe 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. July 15, 2013 – 7 p.m. July 16, 2013
7 a.m. Aug. 28, 2013 – 7 p.m. Aug. 29, 2013
7 a.m. Sept. 3, 2013 – 7 p.m. Sept. 6, 2013

These actions are pursuant to Hawaii 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. July 14, 2013, and reopened 7 p.m. July 16, 2013
Locked 7 p.m. Aug. 27, 2013, and reopened 7 p.m. Aug. 29, 2013
Locked 7 p.m., Sept. 2, 2013, and reopened 7 p.m. Sept. 6, 2013

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 from 9 a.m. July 10, 2013, 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 Puu Koohi 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.

Salvage locations are subject to change:

  • On Sept. 3 and 5, 2013, at Puu Koohi. Permittees must meet at Mauna Kea State Park at 7 a.m. sharp.
  • On July 16, Aug. 28 and 29, and Sept. 4 and 6, 2013, 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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For more information, news media may contact:  
Deborah Ward, 
DLNR Public Information Specialist  
Phone: (808) 587-0320