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 Hawaii:

DLNR Changes Start Date of Public Hunt For Feral And Trespass Cattle

HILO — The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) announces that the opening for a feral and trespass cattle hunt only in the Hilo Watershed north of Saddle Road will be changed to Veteran’s Day, November 11, 2005. The original start date was Nov. 4, 2005.

This temporary extension will give ranchers further opportunity to recover trespass cattle from forest reserves. Access for wild cattle hunting will be from Saddle Road only. There will be no entry from adjacent ranch lands for hunting in the Hilo Watershed.

In the Hilo Forest Reserve watershed, cattle are a problem to natural resource managers, and their numbers, estimated at between 200-400, are sufficient to warrant a public cattle hunt

“Cattle pose a major threat to our native forests. They remove the native understory vegetation, which allows alien weeds to move in and take over the native forest,” says Peter Young, DLNR chairperson.

"They lower the quality of our watersheds by removing native vegetation and compacting soils which results in increased surface runoff and less percolation through the soil,” he said.

“Our wildlife staff works with neighboring ranchers to remove their domestic cattle from the forest reserves and repair their fences to keep their cattle from re-entering the forest reserves. After the ranchers have removed what animals they can, DLNR staff will go in and remove the remaining animals.

Rules for the hunt are as follows:

1) Feral pigs may be hunted as usual.

2) The same rules as above apply to the feral and trespass cattle hunt, which will be done only in the Hilo Watershed. The feral and trespass cattle hunt will begin on November 11, 2005 and continue each Saturday, Sunday and State holiday through November 2006, The daily bag limit for cattle is two per hunter per day.

3) Hunter checking stations will be posted with notices regarding the hunt. Hunters are reminded to check in and out, be accurate in recording their hunting results and help keep the checking stations in good order.

4) There is no limit to the number of licensed hunters that may participate.

5) The “Hunter Assistant” may accompany a licensed hunter. (Reference Ch. 123, Rules Regulating Game Mammal Hunting, 13-123-2 Definitions.)

6) Questions regarding this feral and trespass cattle hunt may be directed to the Division of Forestry and Wildlife in Hilo at (808) 974-4221.


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