To protect the historic lands from invading goats, authorities in Hawaii 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 goats can apply for permits, which will be issued by lottery on July 28.

The state Department of Lands and Natural Resources will distribute 20 to 50 goats per permit.

Applicants must indicate the number of 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 they do not escape.

A permit can be refused if a trailer is not secured.