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
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.