|Palikapu Dedman of Pele Defense Fund, best known as opponents of geothermal development, has teamed up with the hunters, Mauna Kea Recreational Users Group and other community action groups, in fighting the large-scale fencing and eradication projects of DLNR and other government/private agencies. Game eradication, ongoing for many years on Mauna Kea, is now being leveled on the wild pua’a (pig). To hunters it seems to be an all out war on the pua’a.
The issue, which has been simmering for many years, has come to a head in recent months when DLNR announced management plans for Natural Area Reserves in Pu’a Maka’ala and Kau. These plans include the fencing of thousands of acres and eradication of the pig living there. Of interest to other recreational users is the closure of miles of road ways which would otherwise be available for access to remote locations. It seems that public access and use is nonexistent on DLNR’s list of priorities.
|Hunter’s protests in front of DLNR’s Hilo office in February lead the Mauna Kea Recreational Users Group to organize the The People’s Hearing:Hunting on February 25. That meeting which drew over 200 concerned hunters was the start of an still evolving coalition of community action groups concerned about the government’s dismal record of accountability to the public it is supposed to serve. Pele Defense Fund stepped up to the plate to create a special use fund to finance a lawsuit to support the hunters’ cause.
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