Tourist convicted of killing nene on Big Island golf course

Tourist convicted of killing nene on Big Island golf course

HILO, BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) - A German tourist who frequently visits Hawaii was convicted Tuesday in a Big Island courtroom for intentionally killing a nene goose while golfing at the Mauna Kea Golf Course on February 6.

Uwe Dettmar, 74, pleaded no contest to violating Hawaii Administrative Rules protecting endangered species.

A witness reported that he was swinging his golf club at the goose and then ran it over with the golf cart.

He was given a 30-day suspended sentence and a year probation. He was also fined $1,000 and an additional $10,000, which will go to the Endangered Wildlife Fund.

Dettmar showed no remorse in court. He mentioned that his wife was afraid of the geese.

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