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Posted on: March 15, 2021

County awards more than $775,000 for feral animal management in Maui County

The County of Maui Department of Housing and Human Concerns has awarded six grants to assess and manage feral animal populations, including axis deer, throughout Maui County. 


“Maui County’s axis deer population has become much more than a nuisance. This invasive species is a threat to the livelihoods of our farmers and ranchers,” said Mayor Michael Victorino. “They also cause traffic accidents and damage yards and backyard gardens on Lanai, Molokai and Maui. Left unmanaged, axis deer will suffer and die from starvation and disease. These grants will help to assess the scope of the problem and employ humane ways to keep deer populations in check.”


Entities that submitted proposals to the Department were focused on the axis deer and feral chicken populations.


The following grants have been awarded:


Feral Animal Assessment Study

Living Pono Project for Kia LLC

Axis Deer Assessment Study





The Island of Lanai

The Nature Conservancy

Lanai Terrestrial Program


Lanai Resorts LLC

Axis Deer Management





The Island of Molokai

The Nature Conservancy

Molokai Terrestrial Program


The Molokai Humane Society for the Molokai Hunting Club

Molokai Feral Axis Deer Management





The Island of Maui

Living Pono Project

Feral Chicken Relocation and Egg Donation


Living Pono Project for Maui Nui Venison

Maui Deer Management and Venison Donation



Awards resulted from a grant proposal review process that closed Feb. 12. Eligible applicants included businesses incorporated under the laws of Hawaii or federal tax-exempt nonprofit organizations. Final individual program funding amount is dependent upon the grantee’s acceptance of review process conditions and ability to comply with the grant contracting requirements.  


Questions should be directed to department’s Grants Management Division at (808) 270-7807.

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