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State enlists hunters to help control feral cattle on Hawaii island

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 05:42 a.m. HST, Oct 22, 2013

HILO >> The state plans to open the Puu Oo area of the Hilo Restricted Watershed to hunters over the next several months to help them control feral cattle. 

The Department of Land and Natural Resources said Monday that special access will be granted to one hunter group each Saturday beginning Nov. 16 through March. 

Hunters will be selected by lottery at the Division of Forestry and Wildlife Office in Hilo on Oct. 30. 

Applications may be obtained online and at division offices in east and west sides of Hawaii island. 

The deadline for applications is Friday. 

Each group must have at least five licensed hunters and no more than 10 licensed hunters. 

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XML808 wrote:
Yes! Free range beef. Fire up the smokers.
on October 22,2013 | 05:56AM
Kate53 wrote:
on October 22,2013 | 05:58AM
Hawaiians wrote:
Oh they are so dangerous they need hunters ? The wild cattle comes up to you and licks your hand like a puppy looking for treats.
on October 22,2013 | 10:18AM
Slow wrote:
Finally a logical use of guns. Take out the sheep and deer that some clown brought in by helicopter. In fact, better yet, shoot the clown.
on October 22,2013 | 07:25AM
Ronin006 wrote:
This is the first time I have heard of feral cattle in Hawaii. I am not opposed to killing feral animals that destroy native plants or crops, but it seems to me a more sensible solution would be to round up the strays like in the old West and return them to the herd until it is time to make Spam.
on October 22,2013 | 07:35AM
cojef wrote:
Me too. In the "ole" West the cattle roamed the range. Also the buffalo(bison) herds out on the plains. Heard or read about wild horses, not feral horses. Only in Hawaii, possible??
on October 22,2013 | 10:23AM
MaLa wrote:
The problem here is that there are literally TONS of them and the herds themselves are wild. Up in the Hawi area you can see them all over the mountains; I'm actually pretty surprised they're only starting to become a problem now. But yeah, tons of FREE free-range beef!
on October 22,2013 | 10:32AM
Ulalei wrote:
Can we do this for feral cats too?
on October 22,2013 | 07:40AM
serious wrote:
If you mean SPAM, it comes in every flavor so why not include p-ssy.
on October 22,2013 | 08:29AM
Sue wrote:
How did these cattle become "feral" in the first place? Maybe DLNR should go after the people who own(ed) these cattle for not caring for the animals, instead of letting hunters go after the cattle. It's the same way the feral cats are treated - eventually the animals are the ones who take the rap for the irresponsible behaviors of humans. Sometimes I wonder if the wrong species are on leashes or in cages or corraled in fences?
on October 22,2013 | 10:41PM
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