HI: Illegal hunting troubles Big Isle ranches, farms
July 15, 2013
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — Big Island landowners and law enforcement say
illegal hunting on private property is still a major problem on the
The problem has worsened over the years, Bill
Walter, president of W.H. Shipman Ltd., Puna's largest landowner,
told the Hawaii Tribune-Herald.
Tenant farmers put their
lifeblood into their fields only to have hunters come in and damage
crops, he said.
Hamakua Community Policing Officer Zachary
Fernando says hunters sometimes cut cattle fences to chase pigs,
then don't fix the fences when they're done. The offenses usually
amount to trespassing and property damage, he said.
Patrol Lt. Reed Mahuna said he doesn't have statistics for illegal
hunting complaints, but he calls the number "significant."
Vandalism sometimes happens "because the property owner comes out
and busts (the hunters) and they like get revenge," said hunter,
guide and taxidermist Orion Enocencio.
Mitch Roth says an individual caught trespassing with a loaded
firearm could be charged with a felony and with misdemeanor
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