Three Ring Ranch not permitted for rehab


Three Ring Ranch in Kailua-Kona does not hold the necessary state permits to conduct wildlife rehabilitation as stated in a Wednesday Page 1A article, said Department of Land and Natural Resources’ Division of Forestry and Wildlife West Hawaii Wildlife Biologist Hans Sin.

Sin confirmed Thursday Ann Goody of Three Ring Ranch is not registered with the state to conduct wildlife rehabilitation. The sanctuary does hold a federal wildlife permit, but without a state permit it is not valid.

Goody did not return a phone call seeking comment as of press time Thursday.

Norma Creps, another state wildlife biologist, said two entities in West Hawaii hold the state permits, Linda Elliot at the Hawaii Wildlife Center in Hawi and Steve Snyder, a Kailua-Kona resident. Three Ring Ranch’s permit expired in August, she said, adding there were some “issues” that needed to be dealt with prior to another permit being issued.

Three Ring Ranch also is not a Department of Agriculture-designated amnesty station where people can drop off alien species, according to Janelle Saneishi, the department’s spokeswoman. Only municipal zoos, humane societies and Department of Agriculture Plant Quarantine offices can accept alien species, she said. The West Hawaii quarantine office is located at Kona International Airport.

For more information on the amnesty and locations, call 643-PEST.