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Illegal hunting troubles Big Isle ranches, farms

HILO, Hawaii (AP) - Big Island landowners and law enforcement say illegal hunting on private property is still a major problem on the island.

Puna landowner W.H. Shipman Ltd. President Bill Walter told the Hawaii Tribune-Herald the problem has worsened over the years. He says tenant farmers put their lifeblood into their fields only to have hunters come in and damage crops.

Hamakua Community Policing Officer Zachary Fernando says hunters sometimes cut cattle fences to chase pigs. He says they don't fix the fences when they're done.

Hunter, guide and taxidermist Orion Enocencio says the hunting is illegal and dangerous, and is a big problem.

County Prosecutor Mitch Roth says an individual caught trespassing with a loaded firearm could be charged with a felony and with misdemeanor trespassing.

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