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DLNR issuing feral goat and sheep control permits for Puu Waawaa

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The Department of Land and Natural Resources is issuing control permits for feral goats in the makai portion of the Puu Waawaa Forest Reserve, and for feral goats and feral polled ram sheep in the safety zones of the mauka portion of the PWW Forest Reserve, pursuant to Title 13, Chapter 123, “Rules Regulating Game Mammal Hunting,” §13-123-9, “Nuisance or crop damage.” Archery only will be allowed for all areas for the first three weekends, starting September 17, 2011 and ending October 2, 2011. This will be followed by two weekends of muzzleloader for feral goats, only in the makai portion of the Reserve, starting October 8, 2011 and ending October 16, 2011.

For PWW Mauka, the program will be limited to archery for feral goats and feral polled sheep in the Youth Hunt Safety Zone and Puu Waawaa Hill Safety Zone. For feral goats, there is no bag limit on either sex and quartering with skin attached will be allowed. For feral sheep, there is no bag limit on polled rams but de-boning will not be allowed; whole carcasses (entrails can be cleaned but with attached genitalia on carcass) need to be inspected at checkout.

Permits will be assigned by call-in reservations at Division of Forestry and Wildlife in Kamuela at (808) 887-6063, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. on September 13 for the first weekend only of the program. Permits for the remainder of the control effort will be available on a first-come first- served basis at the hunter check station between 5 a.m. and 4 p.m.

A valid hunting license with the number is required to call in for a permit. A maximum of five permitees will be allowed per call for feral goats Makai, and two permitees per call for feral goats and sheep Mauka. Permittees will be required to check in at the Puu Waawaa Check Station between 5 a.m. and 4 p.m. and must be checked out by 6 p.m. Vehicle passes will be given at the check station. Stand-by will be allowed. For safety purposes, a maximum of fifty permittees will be allowed per day for feral goats Makai. In the Mauka portion for feral goats and sheep, 15 permittees will be allowed per day in the Youth Hunt Safety Zone and 5 permittees will be allowed per day in the Puu Waawaa Hill Safety Zone.

Further information may be obtained by contacting the Division of Forestry and Wildlife Offices in Hilo at (808) 974-4221 or in Kamuela at (808) 887-6063.

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