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No plans for wolves on the Big Island

Updated: 
March 27, 2014 - 12:29pm

The Department of Land and Natural Resources is not planning to introduce wolves to Hawaii Island, a spokeswoman said Thursday.

West Hawaii Today received calls this week questioning whether the predators would be brought here to combat the recently established axis deer population.

“The Department does not condone or plan to introduce wolves here,” spokeswoman Deborah Ward said.

The rumors about wolves may have originated from a post on freerepublic.com, self-described as “The Premier Conservative Site” online. A poster there in January claimed DLNR was going to introduce up to 150 gray wolves in Kohala. The post is tagged with the keywords “fake,” “hoax” and “joke.”