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Big Island Successfully Gives Away 458 Goats

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Puʻuhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park on the west side of Hawaiʻi Island had a major invasive goat problem.

Hundreds of goats would walk around the park, destroying cultural and natural resources. Officials last week closed the park to the public and successfully removed the goats through a lottery event.

Hawaiʻi Island residents who applied for a permit could enter the lottery and win 20 to 50 free live goats.

The State Department of Land and Natural Resources, Division of Forestry Wildlife received 185 applications, and issued 14 permits.

The goats moved through a temporary chute to smoothly load into the recipients' trailers. All in all, 458 goats were successfully removed and given away.

Zoe Dym was a news producer at Hawaiʻi Public Radio.
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