Aerial Hunting Lawsuit: In 2012, the Hawai`i County Council, bowing to hunter pressure, passed a law that prohibits the killing of animals from the air. The following year, a federal judge ruled that the state of Hawai`i, which is under a federal court order to remove sheep and goats from palila critical habitat on Mauna Kea, did not have to comply with that law and could continue to hunt from helicopters.
That ruling, however, only pertained to aerial hunting in palila critical habitat, and left the state Department of Land and Natural Resources and its contractors vulnerable to . . .
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