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Agency seeks public comment on Hawaiian hawk

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 02:37 p.m. HST, Feb 13, 2014

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is asking for the public's input on a proposal to remove the Hawaiian hawk or io from the endangered species list.

The agency said Wednesday comments previously submitted on the proposal don't need to be sent again.

The hawk was originally listed as endangered in 1967. At the time, the hawk population was believed to number in the low hundreds.

Due to various conservation efforts, there are now an estimated 3,000 of the birds in existence and the population has been stable for at least two decades.

The species is found throughout the Big Island. The hawk lives in native forest, pasture land, and other habitats.

The Migratory Bird Treaty Act would protect the bird even if it's taken off the endangered species list.

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Maneki_Neko wrote:
Good eating.
on February 13,2014 | 09:16AM
kahu808 wrote:
on February 13,2014 | 11:20AM
2NDC wrote:
Not really, actually the meat is kind of stringy and rubbery. :-(
on February 13,2014 | 04:42PM
ryan02 wrote:
Is the population stable BECAUSE of protection under the ESA? The article makes the broad statement that "the Migratory Bird Treaty Act would protect the bird even if it's taken off the endangered species list" -- but what is that based on? The ESA and MBTA are not identical. For example, the MBTA doesn't allow private groups (like environmental groups) to bring suit to protect the species, while the ESA does allow it.
on February 13,2014 | 10:21AM
kaiakea wrote:
Keep it protected.
on February 13,2014 | 11:14AM
96706 wrote:
Yes ... I agree ... leave it on the endangered list.
on February 13,2014 | 01:50PM
BigIsandLava wrote:
Not funny Maneki
on February 13,2014 | 11:42AM
Hapa_Haole_Boy wrote:
Do they have value if they were taken off? I.e. are they good eating, have valuable feathers, etc.? Also, more importantly-- what must the population be to achieve sustainability? It should reach that first before being considered to be taken off. Yes the population has been stable for two decades, but stable and sustainable are two different things.
on February 13,2014 | 02:40PM
biggerdog wrote:
They will be fine until they finish eating all the Hawaiian crows.
on February 13,2014 | 03:38PM
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