The state Department of Land and Natural Resources’ (DLNR) effort to rid its Lehua Island bird sanctuary of invasive rats got off to a rocky start last month. The agency did not receive notice from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) until August 21 that the DLNR’s plan to kill the rats by aerially applying an anticoagulant rodenticide would not jeopardize any threatened or endangered species on or around the island, located about a mile off Ni`ihau.
The day after NOAA’s “no jeopardy” determination, the state Department of Agriculture (DOA) granted the DLNR a permit allowing . . .
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