Hawaii giving away goats that have overrun national park

Hawaii giving away goats that have overrun national park
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Officials with Hawaii's Department of Land and Natural Resources are set to hold a lottery in order to get rid of more than 700 goats that have overrun a national park.

The lottery will be held in an effort to preserve the Puʻuhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park, an important cultural and historical location in the state, according to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

The goats, which are invasive to the area, will be trapped and later distributed via the lottery. Members of the public can apply for free permits, which will be issued through a random lottery at the Kamuela Division of Forestry and Wildlife office, the news outlet reported.

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Those who win the lottery will be required to have at least a 16-foot enclosed horse trailer or an equivalent carrier to pick up the animals. They will also be given 30-minute time slots to arrive to the park for pick up.

Twenty to 50 goats will be distributed by the department per permit, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser noted.

Puʻuhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park is set to close on August 11 to distribute the goats.