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Animal control efforts to close reserves

Aerial shooting to occur on 6 dates

The Maui News – The state Department of Land and Natural Resources has issued a notice of animal control activities and temporary closures of Maui forest reserves and natural area reserves on six dates.

The affected areas include Koolau, Kahikinui, West Maui, Hana State forest reserves and Hanawi Nakula natural area reserves. The areas, including Lahaina Pali Trail, will be closed to public access from 5 a.m. to noon April 18, April 21, May 4, May 12, May 19 and June 2.

DLNR’s Division of Forestry and Wildlife will conduct animal control activities, specifically aerial shooting from helicopters for feral cattle within the Honopou Section of the Koolau State Forest Reserve; for feral cattle and pigs within the Hana State Forest Reserve and Hanawi Natural Area Reserve; for deer and feral cattle and goats with in the Ukumehame Section of the West Maui State Forest Reserve and Ukumehame state lands under the management of the Land Management Division; and for deer and feral cattle, pigs and goats with in the Kahikinui State Forest Reserve and Nakula Natural Area Reserve.

Aerial shooting is required to control animal populations in the listed areas for the conservation of threatened and endangered species, native ecosystems and watersheds. The temporary closures are needed to minimize the dangers of incompatible uses in the areas and safely allow the completion of the animal control. Feral animals encountered during control missions that are deemed a threat to public health and safety may also be subject to removal.

Copies of the map illustrating the areas subject to aerial shooing on these dates are available for inspection at the Division of Forestry and Wildlife District Office at 1955 Main St., Suite 301 in Wailuku.

For more information, call the Division of Forestry and Wildlife at 984-8100.

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