Illegal hunting 07-06-10

Hawai’i Police Department
Community Policing, West Hawaii
Sergeant William Gary Souther
Phone: 326-4646, Ext. 259
July 6, 2010

Media Release

Police have received a rash of complaints about illegal hunting in West Hawai’i due to an abundance of wild pigs migrating onto private property because of dry weather conditions.

Both county police and enforcement officers for the Department of Land and Natural Resources have received complaints about hunters not obtaining permission from landowners to hunt on private property, using negligence when discharging a weapon in a residential area, harming or injuring pets and livestock, hunting without a license and hunting after sunset.

Community Police Officers from West Hawaii encourage community groups and hunting organizations to call them to arrange for disseminating information about safe and ethical hunting. They also would like to establish a list of trappers who would be willing to remove wild pigs from private properties on which landowners do not allow hunting. Interested persons may call Officers Robin Crusat or Darren Cho at 326-4646, ext. 259, or the Captain Cook police substation at 323-2591.

The links below provide information about various hunting and gun laws. Violators are subject to citations or arrest and prosecution.

Anyone interested in the Hunter Education Program may call 887-6050. Hunters interested in obtaining a paperback handbook from the Department of Forestry and Wildlife, Title 13, Chapter 123 Rules Regulating Game mammal Hunting, should call 974-4221 or 887-6063.

Police urge the public to report any illegal activities, illegal night hunting or suspicious persons or vehicles by calling the Police Department’s non-emergency number at 935-3311 or, in an emergency, 911.



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