Video by David Corrigan, Voice of Stephanie Salazar
HILO, Hawaii – The Department of Land and Natural Resources held its first in a statewide series of public hearings on Wednesday in Hilo, on proposed amendments to its Administrative Rules dealing with Hawaii’s wildlife
Department personnel got an earful from local hunters, who are not happy with what the DLNR says is the primary purpose of the proposed amendments: to prohibit and deter the transport and release of introduced wildlife around the islands.
DLNR says introduced species can impact Hawaii’s ecosystems and economy by introducing harmful predation and competition to indigenous species, damaging watersheds, spreading pathogens and diseases, and harming agriculture.
But this vocal group of hunters have little trust for DLNR and their rule making.