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DLNR Implements Wildlife Rule Change

May 13, 2015, 7:38 AM HST
* Updated May 13, 7:40 AM
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The Department of Land and Natural Resources has implemented a rule change that prohibits the transport and release of introduced wildlife in Hawai’i.

DLNR officials say introduced species can impact the state’s ecosystems and economy by introducing harmful predation and competition to indigenous species, damaging watersheds, spreading pathogens and diseases, and harming agriculture.

“The movement of live, introduced wildlife, such as was experienced with the discovery of dear on Hawai’i Island, poses direct threats to our native ecosystems, and the amendments made to this chapter will help prevent harm to our natural resources and economy,” said Suzanne Case, DLNR interim chairperson.

Significant penalties can be faced by the unlawful release of injurious and introduced wildlife. Penalties include fines up to $25,000 and seizure of any property or natural resource that was used to commit the violation, including vehicles, aircraft, vessels, instruments, business records, or equipment.

Hawai’i Administrative Rules, Title 13, Subtitle 5, Part 2, Chapter 124, which took effect on Feb. 27, is called “Indigenous Wildlife, Endangered and Threatened Wildlife, Injurious Wildlife, Introduced Wild Birds, and Introduced Wildlife.”

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For more information, contact Patrick Chee at 587-4191 or e-mail [email protected]

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