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DLNR NEWS RELEASE: DLNR holds public meeting June 2 on Koke’e animal control within Pu’u Ka Pele fire reforestation project

Posted on May 24, 2016 in Latest Department News

LIHU‘E, KAUA‘I —  The state is continuing its efforts to restore the Pu‘u Ka Pele Forest Reserve on Kaua‘i and the newly out-planted koa trees within the previously burned and logged area, by carrying out an animal control hunt within a designated portion of the forest reserve.  This animal control will begin on June 6, 2016 and extend to the end of December 2016.

For more information and to sign up to participate in this control hunt, only group leaders are required to attend the meeting/lottery and sign up at a public meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 2, 2016, at the State Office Building, 3060 ‘Eiwa Street Room 209, in Lihu‘e.  IMPORTANT:  Be on time. Due to state facility rules the main front doors of the Office Building will be closed and locked once the meeting starts.

The designated area for this control hunt will be Polihale Ridge (Trail 4) and Hikimoe Ridge.

This will be a night animal control hunt.  Hunting times will be from 6 p.m. – 6 a.m. weekdays and non-holidays only.

One group per night will be assigned.  Each group may have 2-6 people with two vehicles. No single hunters will be allowed.  Each group will be assigned up to 2 group leaders.

Hunting methods permitted are legal rifle and/or shotgun still hunt with artificial/spotlight.  All game species within the project area are open.

Hunting nights will be designated through a lottery system.

All interested hunters will need to provide a valid form of identification, valid Hawaii Hunting license and license plate number of vehicles that will be used.  It will be the responsibility of the group leaders to provide this information for each group member.

To sign up group members can fill out an application at the DOFAW office during regular business hours at 3060 Eiwa Street Room 306 from now until Thursday June 2, 2016, or groups will be able to fill out an application on the night of the public meeting.

For more information please call (808) the Kaua‘i DOFAW office at 274-3433 during weekday business hours from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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Media Contact:

Deborah Ward

DLNR Communications specialist

Phone: (808) 587-0320