Governor’s Office – News Release – Governor Ige announces disaster relief period for Maui axis conflict

Posted on September 20, 2022 in Latest Department News, Newsroom, Governor’s Office News Releases

HONOLULU – Governor David Ige issued a fourth proclamation, initiating another period of emergency aid for the deer axis crisis in Maui County.

Despite ongoing efforts, the population of axis deer has increased to an estimated 60,000 or more, which is unsustainable by the environment on Maui. Large numbers of deer have destroyed pastures and plants that are already scarce due to ongoing drought conditions. Reindeer move into agricultural and development areas, looking for food and water, and potentially spreading diseases in the environment. An increasing number are also foraging in urban areas.

In September 2022, the Hawai’i Department of Agriculture opened an emergency loan program to help farmers with costs associated with the increased deer population in Maui County. Emergency loans with low interest rates will provide relief to farmers and ranchers in managing their losses and support the cost of fencing and other mitigation measures.

An emergency relief period has been declared to enable the state and county to continue to take measures to reduce and control the population of fallow deer and implement management strategies. This includes rounding deer axis, cutting deer to sustainable levels, clearing vegetation along fence lines, and installing and/or reinforcing fence lines to keep deer off roads, airports, and runways.

The fourth announcement related to deer axis will continue until November 18, 2022.


Media Contacts:

Reece Kilbey

Digital Media Specialist

Office of the Head of the Region

Main Office: (808) 586-0034

Cell phone: (808)989-1586

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Cindy McMillan

Director of Communications

Office of the Head of the Region

Office: 808-586-0012

Cell phone: 808-265-7974

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