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DLNR notifying ranchers of cattle trespass

The State of Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources would like to inform the public of cattle trespass in the following areas: Haao Springs Restricted Watershed, Waiaha Springs North Kona Watershed Reserve and the Honomalino (Kapua-Manuka) Section of South Kona Forest Reserve.

This is a 30 day notice to neighboring ranchers to please remove their cattle from the forest reserves and watersheds noted. Cattle found within these boundaries after 30 days from the publication of this notice are subject to actions specified in HRS-183-19, which includes removing, shooting or destroying the cattle without compensation to the owner by Division of Forestry and Wildlife staff.

We would also like to remind the public that cattle removal operations are ongoing in the following forest reserves and watersheds per public notices published in October 2005: Hilo Watershed, Humuula, Laupahoehoe, and Piha Sections of the Hilo Forest Reserve; Kaohe, Kukuiopae and Opihihale/Olelomoana Sections of South Kona Forest Reserve; Mauna Kea Forest Reserve, Kau Forest Reserve, Kapapala Forest Reserve, Manowaialee Forest Reserve, Honuaula Forest Reserve, Kohala Forest Reserve and Upper Waiakea Forest Reserve.

Public participation in trespass cattle removal in forest reserves by hunting is illegal without authorization through an official announcement through public notice and issuance of an animal control permit from the Division of Forestry and Wildlife. Currently, animal control permits for cattle are only being issued for the Hilo Watershed section of Hilo Forest Reserve.

For further information, call the Division of Forestry and Wildlife in Hilo at 974-4221.

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