Hawaii Announces Feral Goat Control Hunt on Kaua'i

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The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) Division of Forestry and Wildlife announces an opportunity for interested individuals to participate in the control of feral goats on Kaua'i in an area known as Hunting Unit F in Waimea Canyon.

Due to safety concerns, the animal control action is being limited to archery and muzzleloader methods.

Use of archery for the control action will only be allowed from February 13, 2010 through April 25, 2010 on weekends and State holidays.

Use of muzzleloaders for the control action will only be permitted from June 1, 2010 through June 27, 2010 on weekends and State holidays.

The limit will be two feral goats (either sex) per hunter per day. Animals may be de-boned in the field. Blaze orange will not be required for the archery-only season. The ongoing pig hunting season will continue as scheduled.

Interested individuals will need to show a valid hunting license and will be required to sign an animal control permit at the Lihu'e Division of Forestry and Wildlife office at 3060 'Eiwa St., room 306 in Lihu'e.

Bag limits are set to maximize public opportunities to participate in this control action. There is no limit on the number of days a person can participate.

Public hunting area Unit F on the island of Kaua'i consists of those State-owned lands within Waimea Canyon lying south of Pu'u Ka Pele Forest Reserve, west of Hunting Unit E (Mokihana Ridge Game Management Area), north of a line due west of Waimea "Obake" Swinging Bridge, and east of Waimea Heights Road and Waimea Canyon State Park.

Participants may access Unit F via Waimea Canyon Road (Hwy 550) and sign in and out at either the Waimea Valley, Waimea Heights, Mango tree, or Koke'e hunter check-in stations.

Anyone with questions or wanting more information may contact the Lihu'e office of the Division of Forestry and Wildlife at (808) 274-3433, or check under "Announcements" on the DLNR website, www.hawaii.gov/dlnr/dofaw.