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Maui firing range closed due to Nene goose nest concerns

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LAHAINA, MAUI (HawaiiNewsNow) -

A Maui firing range is closed because of a Nene goose nest, according to the Department of Parks and Recreation.

On Sunday, a firearms instructor spotted the state bird -- listed as an endangered species -- wandering around the Ukumehame Firing Range. After the instructor notified the state Department of Land and Natural Resources, the DLNR's wildlife biologist also confirmed seeing a goose nest and urged Maui County to close the rifle range so the Nene can safely lay eggs.

In the meantime, the pistol range, clay target range and classrooms will remain open. 

The DLNR said it will be about a month and a half before the eggs hatch and the Nene family can relocate. Once that happens, the firing range can reopen.

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