ANOTHER UPDATE FOR MAUI ISLAND:
SIGN-WAVING THURSDAY, JULY 7, 2022 • 4PM – 6PM
HALEAKALA 7 HANA HWY.
Number Games become Hunger Games
State of Hawai‘i Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) has contributed to an unbalanced narrative about pig populations and the most effective way to keep them in balance. This has caused private property owners to consider purchasing and using a contraceptive feed product called HogStop. In a short amount of time, it’s introduction in Hawai‘i has raised great concern from subsistence hunters across Hawai‘i. Having only been on the market for one year, subsistence hunters worry about the long-term affects the contraceptive feed could have on pig populations.
Subsistence hunters have been making calls to find out more with dismal replies. A petition was started to stop the use of HogStop in Hawai‘i and sign waving rally’s draw attention to the subject. O‘ahu and Hawai‘i island have been the most vocal to date. It is expected that Maui island will have a rally of it’s own soon as well.
The product is a is a mixture of ingredients including molasses, corn, salt and cotton seeds. The cotton seeds work as a contraceptive in the male species for four to eight weeks. When fed to hogs it acts as a short-term male contraceptive on boar hogs. The feed itself can affect fertility in other animals and birds and it is instructed to be used in very specific feeders. The Hawai‘i distributor clarifies that there are no neurotoxins and there are no endocrine disruptors.
The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW) admitted that they don’t have in-depth information on the product. They don’t support the product being used on state State Public Hunting and Game Management Areas but are okay with private land owners using it.
This position from DLNR and DOFAW follows an unfortunate pattern of failing to balance the needs of nature. As pig populations continue to be reported as a problem, it has been suggested that weekend hunting is not enough and that bag limits must increase. The regulations must be revisited to support hunters to help solve this problem. Hawai‘i County has always been the most vocal when it comes to hunting issues. They have changed local laws demanding that when issues pertain to hunting access and rights arise, meetings on the subject matter must be held in the very districts that are affected.
HogStop is exempt from registration by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act. Products under exemption by the EPA are not required to be licensed in Hawai‘i and manufacturers are not required to prove efficacy for their claims to EPA or the state.
Petition: Stop HogStop in Hawai‘i