STATE OF HAWAII
DEPARTMENT OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES
NOTICE OF ANIMAL CONTROL ACTIVITIES AND TEMPORARY CLOSURE
0F MAUNA KEA FOREST RESERVE, MAUNA KEA ICE AGE NATURAL AREA
RESERVE PALILA MITIGATION LANDS AND KAOHE GAME MANAGEMENT AREA
Legal Notice DOFAW
HILO — The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) Division of
Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW) will conduct animal control activities specifically
for trapping mouflon/feral sheep hybrids; staff hunting, and/ or aerial shooting
from helicopters for feral goats, feral sheep, mouflon and mouflon/feral sheep
hybrids within palila critical habitat in the Mauna Kea Forest Reserve (Unit A),
Mauna Kea Ice Age Natural Area Reserve (Unit K), Palila Mitigation Lands, and
the Kaohe Game Management Area (Unit G) on the island of Hawaii. Aerial
shooting is required for compliance with the federal court order mandating
the removal of sheep and goats from critical habitat for palila, a bird endemic
to Hawaii. The portion of Mauna Kea Unit A south of DKl and the Gil Kahele
Recreation Area (bordering Pohakuloa Training Area) will remain open for
Control is scheduled for February 13-14, and May 14-15, 2024. Public access
to Mauna Kea Forest Reserve, Mauna Kea Ice Age Natural Area Reserve, Palila
Mitigation Lands, the Kaohe Game Management Area and Mauna Kea Hunter
Access Road will be restricted and allowed BY PERMIT ONLY for animal salvage
purposes on the following dates:
7 am. February 13, and May 14, 2024
6 am. February 14, and May 15, 2024
These actions are pursuant to HAR§ 13-130-19 and § 13-104-23(a) (3).
The Mauna Kea Observatory Road will remain open. The temporary closure
is needed to minimize the dangers of incompatible uses in the forest area
and safely conduct animal control activities. To implement the closure, the
Hale Pohaku, Kilohana, and Pu‘u Ko‘ohi gated entrances to Unit A and G and
the gate behind Gil Kahele State Recreation Area will be locked/reopened
Locked 8 pm. February 12,2024, and reopened 7 pm. February 14,2024
Locked 8 pm. May 13, 2024, and reopened 7 pm. May 15,2024
Copies of the map illustrating the area subject to aerial shooting on thes
dates are available for inspection at the Division of Forestry and Wildlife Office.
Due to high public participation, telephone calI-ins to the DOFAW Hilo Office at
(808) 974-4221 for receiving salvage permits will be conducted from 9 am.
February 6, 2024, to 10 am. the day before each shoot. One permit will be
issued per call per vehicle for one day only. Applicants can have their names
added to a stand-by list for additional days, should all slots not be filled by
other applicants. No standbys waiting at the gates will be allowed access. The
driver, occupants, vehicle license plate, and make/model of vehicle are needed
hen calling in. A maximum of 15 permitted vehicles will be allowed at the
Puu Ahumoa location and 15 permitted vehicles at the Puu Mali location.
Carcasses taken during the shoot will be available to the permitted public
for salvage at the following locations (4-wheel drive vehicle are required, and
access permits will be issued). There is no guarantee that animals will be
able to be salvaged.
Salvage locations are subject to change:
-On February 13, and May 14,2024, at Puu Ahumoa. Permittees must meet
at Kilohana check-in station at 7 am. sharp.
-On February 14, and May 15, 2024, at Puu Mali. Permittees must meet
across from the Waimea Veterinary office on Mana Road at 6 am. sharp.
Contact the Division of Forestry and Wildlife in Hilo at (808) 974-4221 for
additional details regarding meat salvage or access permits.
Done at Honolulu this 10th day of January, 2024.
Dawn N. S. Chang, Chairperson
Department of Land and Natural Resources