Hawaii residents clash over invasive species control

Published: Aug. 23, 2016 at 9:07 AM HST
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WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) - Maui authorities are discussing how to eradicate invasive species without trampling on the rights of individuals opposed to the methods used to fight them.

The Maui News reports that a judge earlier this month dismissed Brian Bardellini's temporary restraining order against employees from the Maui Invasive Species Council and the Hawaii Ant Lab. The judge said there wasn't evidence to support Bardellini's claim that the employees trespassed, threatened him and sprayed chemicals on him while treating little fire ants.

The dispute highlighted a discussion between residents, businesses and elected officials about how to control invasive species in a way that is fair to everyone.

Former MISC manager Teya Penniman said it is common to get calls from residents frustrated by a neighbor's failure to treat for invasive species.

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