HOLUALOA, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - State wildlife officers shot and killed four bulls Wednesday inside a Big Island forest reserve. Ranchers are upset, but it's completely legal.
In March, the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) issued a "cattle trespass" notice to cattle owners that roaming livestock found on state lands after 30 days were subject to removal or destruction. Since 2005, the state has warned that offending animals may be killed without compensation to the owners.
According to the DLNR, they tried Wednesday to shoo away some cattle in the Honuaula Forest Reserve so they wouldn't disturb a reforestation project, but the bulls wouldn't leave.
If the bulls don't leave, then the cows won't leave either, so they shot them from a helicopter. The state is now working to remove the carcasses.