DLNR Hearings Relating to Introduced Wildlife

March 27, 2013, 8:35 AM HST · Updated March 27, 9:58 AM
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File photo courtesy HDOA. Snake found in Nimitz area, Jan. 25, 2012.

File photo courtesy HDOA. Snake found in Nimitz area, Jan. 25, 2012. Snakes are not native to Hawai’i and pose a threat to native birds and other species.

By Maui Now Staff

The state Department of Land and Natural Resources is hosting a series of statewide public hearings beginning today to discuss proposed amendments that prohibit and deter the transport and release of introduced wildlife.

State officials say the species can impact Hawaii’s ecosystems and economy by introducing harmful predation and competition to indigenous species. Introduced wildlife, authorities say, can also damage watersheds, spread pathogens and diseases, and harm agriculture.

“The movement of live, introduced wildlife poses direct threats to our native ecosystems, and the proposed amendments will help prevent harm to our natural resources and economy,” William Aila, Jr., DLNR chairperson, said in a press release.

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The Maui meeting takes place on Monday, April 1st at 6 p.m. at the Lihikai Elementary School in Kahului.

Other hearings in Maui County include: Lanai at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, April 2, at the Lanai High and Elementary School Cafeteria; and Molokai at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 3, at the Mitchell Pauole Community Center Hall.

 

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