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State DLNR to go hunting to protect endangered songbird

  • COURTESY PHOTOPalila birds rely on the mamane trees for their food.
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    Palila birds rely on the mamane trees for their food.

The state says it will hunt feral sheep and goats on Hawaii island in coming weeks to protect habitat for the endangered palila songbird.

The Department of Land and Natural Resources said Friday it will hunt goats, mouflon sheep, feral sheep and sheep hybrids in the Mauna Kea Forest Reserve and Kaohe Game Management Area. 

Some hunting will be conducted by aerial shooting in compliance with a federal court order mandating the removal of sheep and goats from palila critical habitat.

Sheep eat and trample on the mamane trees the palila rely on for food.

A 2010 U.S. Geological Survey study estimated there were only about 1,200 palila left. 

The hunts are scheduled for July 15-16, Aug. 28-29, and Sept. 3-6.

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