There are unprecedented closures of public lands to hunters. In the last 15 years over 200,000 acres of land have been marked for eradication with many more thousands of acres that are in different stages of proposal.
Considering the very limited amount of land that is available on the Big Island this is a massive blow to the public. Few are calling it closures, but when they are eradicating every land mammal, the end result is the same. If people do not unite and come together to fight this, it only a matter of time before the hunting heritage of the Big Island is a thing of the past.
Attempts to preserve the palila bird have resulted in wide spread destruction to the mountain.
Construction of an unsightly 55-mile fence has just been completed. The fence is over 6’ tall and has very few access points for the public to enter or leave. A major failure was that in the construction of the new fence, they failed to remove the old fence so there are now two fences, one old and one new, that are 5 feet apart circling much of the mountain.There are also many expensive building materials that were not used but have been left on the ground to rust. There are skeletons and rotting animal carcasses that litter the mountain.
The mountain is often closed for several days per month to all public access. We are told that they want to preserve the mountain but anybody can see that they are destroying it and making it useless to the general public.