Maui County ranchers and farmers can apply for $30,000 in grant money to put up fencing to prevent deer from damaging crops and pastures, the county announced this week.

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The county put $1.5 million into the program, which aims to help farmers and ranchers who lost pasture, cattle, crops and experienced other kinds of property damage from deer over the last year. Anyone interested in the grant funding has until 4 p.m. on Aug. 15 to apply.

To learn more about the grant funding, visit lokahipacific.org/feral-animal-grant, contact the Lokahi Pacific office at 808-242-5761, extension 23 or email Susie Thieman at susie@lokahipacific.org.

Earlier this year, Gov. David Ige issued an emergency proclamation to help Maui County address the dire overpopulation of deer, which are eating crops, destroying cattle pastures and hurting other delicate ecosystems on Maui, Molokai and Lanai.

Civil Beat’s coverage of Maui County is supported in part by grants from the Nuestro Futuro Foundation and the Fred Baldwin Memorial Foundation.

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