Officials seek homes for feral donkeys on the Big Island

HILO, Hawaii — Officials are seeking homes for some of the few remaining feral donkeys that once roamed the western side of the Big Island.

The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports successful adoption drives during the past few years have reduced the feral donkey population that once numbered in the hundreds.

Officials say a herd of about 30 donkeys live on about 6,000 acres of fenced ranchland near Waikoloa Village. Before efforts were made to manage the herd, the donkeys would cause problems for residents as they would roam through roadways and lawns.

Waikoloa Village Association officials say the goal is not to remove all the donkeys, but to keep the herd manageable.

Officials say people have adopted the donkeys as pets or for farm use, but adoption requests have slowed recently.

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Information from: Hawaii Tribune-Herald, http://www.hawaiitribune-herald.com/

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