Courtesy of the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources
A Hawaiian park has been overrun with goats, so the state is making about 700 of them available in a lottery.

Hawaiian residents could receive a minimum of 20 and a maximum of 50 goats after the animals overran a 420-acre site that “once served as a hub of political and religious activity within the Kona district.”

J.D. Simkins  –  Updated July 21, 2021

Have you ever wondered what life would be like as the leader of a goat gang? For all three of you who quietly nodded in affirmation, now might be your chance. After all, you don’t choose the goat life. The goat life chooses you.

Due to a problem with goat overpopulation in Hawaii’s Puʻuhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park, the state is officially kicking off a lottery for select winners to receive dozens of their very own bearded crew.

Launched by the Department of Land and Natural Resources, the lottery comes after approximately 700 of the animals overran a 420-acre site on the main island’s west side, one that “once served as a hub of political and religious activity within the Kona district,” the department announced.

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Hawaiian residents interested in entering the drawing, which has a deadline of July 21, can apply for a permit that could deliver winners a minimum of 20 and a maximum of 50 goats. Lottery winners will be announced on the department’s website the day after the July 28 lottery.

The duty of rounding up and removing the beasts, meanwhile, is falling to personnel from the department’s Division of Forestry and Wildlife, which will then “distribute these animals to permitted members of the public” on Aug. 11, the department said.

Opportunistic lottery winners won’t have the chance to select their very own goat Dream Team, by the way. Instead, winners “will receive animals as they are sent down the chute,” the department said.

Goat yoga enthusiasts rejoice. Learn more about about the goat lottery here.


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