The sheep are in jeopardy because the ranch where they live is up for sale, and the federal government appears to be the most likely buyer. The emerging plan is to add the ranch property to adjacent Volcanoes National Park.
The Hawaii situation is a replay of what is underway on Santa Rosa Island, off the coast of California, where outfitter Wayne Long of Multiple Use Managers has long conducted world-famous Roose-velt elk and mule deer hunts. The National Park Service, you'll recall, more or less made the owners of Santa Rosa an offer they could not refuse, and has proceeded to integrate the island into Channel Islands National Park. Eventually, all of the elk and mule deer on Santa Rosa are going to have to be killed or removed.
Here at The Hunting Report, we do not think there is much to be gained by fighting the National Park Service's obsession with removing non-indigenous animals. That idea seems to be ingrained in the federal psyche at this point. What's needed, in Hawaii at least, if it is not already too late, is a deep-pocketed individual with the will and means to buy the ranch in question. We've arranged to have this property brought to the attention of Ted Turner, who is emerging as the most important owner of hunting properties in the world. See our page 1 report last month for more details.
Longer term, we think the hunting community needs to build an organization along the lines of the Nature Conservancy, which would buy up properties and pass them along to local, state or federal government with the understanding that they would be placed forever under sustainable-use management. Anyone........(continued)