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Park plans to remove feral plants, animals on former ranch

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WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) - An $830,000 proposal would remove feral animals like pigs and goats from Haleakala National Park land.

The Maui News reports (http://bit.ly/28WVrQG) people have until July 14 to provide comments on a draft environmental impact statement released June 12.

Plans call for restoring the area's natural habitat by removing non-native plants as well as feral pigs, goats, dogs and axis deer.

The park acquired the 4,300 acres that make up the former Nuu Ranch in 2008. The draft report says this is among the island's largest tracts of undeveloped land and is inhabited by endangered species.

Park spokeswoman Polly Angelakis said a boundary fence will start going up later this year.

Feral animals would be directed outside the fence as it's constructed.

Animals inside the finished fence would be killed.

Information from: The Maui News, http://www.mauinews.com

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