Officials from the Department of Land and Natural Resources just announced a couple of great news for the weeks to come. R&R on Mauna Kea Mountain will encompass many activities, for all those who want to recreate and do a little research.
One of the activities scheduled to take place on the heights of this majestic mountain is the TMT project. DLRNR said on Tuesday’s press conference that a couple of workers will begin their repairs to the thirty meter telescope on Mauna Kea Mountain. No one knows for sure how long the repairs are going to take or what they want to repair, but it seems that the project caught the public’s attention. The maintenance crews are at the people’s request who have taken a great interest in Mauna Kea’s research facilities.
Also, the DLRNR has announced that there will be other activities on the Mountain Top. The highlight of this month’s activities is the hunting season. According to the same authorities, while the workers are engaged in repairing the giant telescope, hunting parties will be formed in order to enforce an animal control activities. The reason why the authorities ordered said activities is because they are concerned about the welfare of the palila bird.
DLRNR will be working side-by-side with representatives from the Division of Forestry and Wildlife. The goal of this joint operation will be to trap feral sheep hybrids. Hunting will begin of the 16th of November at it will last until the 15th of December.
R&R on Mountain Kea Mountain will not be construed as a chance to put your feet back for the hunting parties. Aided by helicopters, the mountain rangers are tasked with tracking down and, if necessary, shooting down feral goats, feral sheep and other sheep hybrids.
The main reason the Government authorized this hunting party is because a native bird, by the name of palila is faced with extinction due to an increase in feral sheep population. The hunting party is to be organized in areas where, allegedly, the bird resides. And so, three main areas are target for this season of animal control: Mauna Kea Forest Reserve, designated as Unit A, Mauna Kea Ice Age Natural, designated as Unit G and, last but not least, Ka’Oshe Game Management Area, codename Unit G.
Tourists and scientists alike must take note that these hunting parties bear the seal of approval from the Federal court, which means they are entitled to do everything they can (within certain limits) in order to preserve the palila population.