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Hawaii judge blocks state move on aerial hunting

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HILO, Hawaii (AP) - A state judge has dismissed a lawsuit seeking to exempt state employees and contractors from county and state laws banning aerial hunting.

The Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://bit.ly/1z9t63s) reports Hilo Circuit Court Judge Glenn Hara says state law doesn't specifically exempt state workers. He says the attorney general could go to the Legislature and get an exemption.

Wednesday's ruling thwarts state plans to hunt sheep, goats, pigs, cattle and axis deer on Mauna Kea from the air outside the critical habitat of the endangered palila bird.

The state may hunt mammals from the air inside the palila habitat under a 2013 federal judge's ruling.

Deputy Attorney General Michael Lau says the state will evaluate its options. Alternatives include appealing the ruling and proposing legislation allowing aerial hunting beyond the palila habitat.

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