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State DLNR to go hunting to protect endangered songbird

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 02:16 a.m. HST, Jul 06, 2013

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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tiki886 wrote:
I hope the meat will be used for the homeless or the public school lunch program.
on July 5,2013 | 09:11PM
SteveToo wrote:
Why not let the "people" in to hunt on the ground. What's with the shooting from choppers????? Let's not waste the meat.
on July 5,2013 | 09:53PM
bender wrote:
My thought exactly. There are lot of hunters who would jump at the chance do it and at no cost to the government. If there's still work to be done after a month of public hunting, then spend the money on helicopters.
on July 6,2013 | 05:12AM
I can understand the need to protect our many species espcially those that are unique to Hawaii. But, as anything else in this world, mother nature and our ever-changing ecosystems have a way of ridding the world of plants and animals that can no longer exist. Next, they'll start looking for ways to help another species exist only to kill others. It is natures way of saying Aloha.
on July 6,2013 | 12:23PM
hanalei395 wrote:
And it was the way of people who love to shoot and kill animals for fun, to introduce sheep and goats in an area to multiply. Really multiply. There were more animals being born ... than being shot ... for fun.
on July 6,2013 | 01:55PM
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