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Hawaii plans goat lottery to clear animals from national park

The Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources announced it will hold a lottery to find new homes for about 700 invasive goats who live in Pu'uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park. File Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI
The Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources announced it will hold a lottery to find new homes for about 700 invasive goats who live in Pu'uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park. File Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI | License Photo

July 14 (UPI) -- Hawaii plans a special lottery to distribute some unusual prizes -- about 700 goats who live in a national park.

The Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources said the goats are being rounded up from the Pu'uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park, where they are considered an invasive species. The department will "distribute these animals to permitted members of the public."

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Officials said the permits will be distributed via a random lottery July 28. It said the winners of the permits will be required to take in at least 20 goats and not more than 50.

Those who apply for the permits must have access to a 16-foot enclosed horse trailer or an equivalent means of goat transport.

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