HONOLULU — The Department of Land and Natural Resources on Tuesday announced the opening of a feral goat and feral pig control opportunity in the Na Pali Coast State Park and Hono O Na Pali Natural Area Reserve, portions of Hunting Unit G on the island of Kaua‘i. The areas open to animal control will be between Ho‘olulu (3.5 miles) to Kalalau valleys (11 miles).
The Kalalau trail will be closed at the 2.5 mile marker but the Hanakapi‘ai beach and falls trail will remain open to the public, according to a state press release.
Regular camping permits for Kalalau will not be issued for control hunt dates.
The animal control hunt will be held on two weekends; July 2-3, and again on Aug. 20-21. The animal control is necessary for watershed protection purposes, the release states.
Hono O Na Pali Natural
Animal control using dogs will be permitted in the Hono O Na Pali NAR in Ho‘olulu and Waiahuakua valleys only.
The Division of Forestry and Wildlife will be using a running list of hunters or hunter groups established in 2010. Hunters who have not yet signed up may do so by stopping by the Lihu‘e DOFAW office at 3060 ‘Eiwa Street in the Lihu‘e State Office Building during regular working hours.
Hunters will be notified if they are next in line for the animal control hunt.
Na Pali Coast
Animal control will occur from Hanakoa (six miles) to Kalalau (11 miles) valleys and will be limited to muzzleloaders, handgun and conventional firearms. Hunting dogs will not be permitted in this area.
Interested participants may apply in the Lihu‘e DOFAW in the Lihu‘e State Office Building. Up to 60 participants will be permitted for each scheduled control period and will be given permits on a first-come, first-served basis.
Permits will be free of charge. Interested participants will need to show a valid hunting license and will be required to sign a wildlife control permit agreement for individual voluntary services.
Participants will be permitted to use either muzzleloading or conventional rifles but must carry only one firearm on his/her person while participating.
Title 13, Ch. 123 Rules Regulating Game Mammal Hunting shall apply, including the use of a blaze orange garment and legal firearms and ammunition.
Na Pali Coast State Park (Hanakoa-Kalalau) animal control hunters will be allowed to enter on the Friday prior to their assigned date. This will allow time to set up camp and scout the area.
Camping permits will be $16.50 per person per night and may be purchased at the Lihu‘e State Parks office, between 8:00 a.m and 4:00 p.m.
Participants must provide their own round-trip transportation — via boat or foot only; no helicopter transportation will be permitted. Boat landing permits for Kalalau must be obtained from State Parks.
The year-round archery hunting will be limited to Hanakapi‘ai valley only during the scheduled animal control period.
For more information call DOFAW at 274-3433.