To protect historic lands from invasive goats, Hawaii officials will distribute the live animals to the public via a lottery.
Hawaii officials will hold the lottery as a way to remove at least 700 goats from Puuhonua o Honaunau National Historic Park, which is an important cultural and historical site on the west side of the Big Island, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported.
Those interested in the goats may apply for permits, which will be issued through a random lottery on July 28.
The state Department of Land and Natural Resources will distribute 20 to 50 goats per permit.
— Star-Advertiser (@StarAdvertiser) July 9, 2021
Applicants must indicate how many goats they want and cannot choose individual animals.
Lottery winners must have a 16-foot enclosed horse trailer or equivalent to pick up the goats so that they do not escape.
A permit can be refused if a trailer is not secured.