LIHUE — The Department of Land and Natural Resources has announced a feral goat and pig control hunt later this summer in the Na Pali Coast State Wilderness Park.
The animal control will be held June 21-22, and Aug. 16-17. The hunting areas are between the Hoolulu valley (4 miles) and Kalalau valley (11 miles) portions of Hunting Unit G, including Hono o Napali Natural Area Reserve.
The control effort is necessary for watershed protection purposes, the department said.
The section of the Kalalau trail to Hanakapiai and Hanakapiai Falls will not be affected and remain open to the general public. However, the remainder of the trail to Hanakoa and Kalalau will be closed to hikers for their own safety.
Only hunters with special permits will be allowed to access the control area.
Hunting permits will be free of charge and given on a first-come, first-serve basis from the Division of Forestry and Wildlife office at 3060 Eiwa St., Room 306 in Lihue.
Interested participants will need to show a valid Hawaii hunting license and will be required to sign a wildlife control permit-agreement. Camping permits will be $15 per person per night.
All permit recipients are required to actively engage in hunting while in the park during the control dates. Up to 60 participants will be allowed for each scheduled control period. No other camping permits will be issued for the animal control dates.
Hunters will be allowed to enter the Na Pali Coast State Park on the Friday prior to their assigned date to allow time to set up camp and scout the control area.
Participants must provide their own round-trip transportation via boat or foot only. No helicopter transportation will be permitted.
The year-round archery hunting will be limited to Hanakapiai valley during the scheduled animal control period.
The bag limit will be six goats and four pigs per participant. However, three goats must be nannies (females). Participants will be permitted to use either muzzleloading or conventional rifles but may carry only one firearm on his/her person.