Hunters balk at proposed Mauna Kea restrictions

Hunters balk at proposed Mauna Kea restrictions

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) - Big Island hunters are challenging a proposed rule that they say would unfairly lump Mauna Kea protests with unrelated activities.

West Hawaii Today reports that the rule, created to address environmental and safety impacts from recent protests against the Thirty Meter Telescope, prohibits camping paraphernalia, backpacks and overnight stays within a mile of the Mauna Kea Observatory Access Road.

The rule, which is being considered Friday by the state land board, would be inserted in the chapter governing state game mammal hunting.

Hunters say the rule doesn't belong there. They say the rule unfairly penalizes hunters who had nothing to do with the protests.

State Department of Land and Natural Resources spokesman Dan Dennison says the DLNR Division of Forestry and Wildlife drafted the rules at the request of the state attorney general.

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