HONOLULU – In an effort to control the Big Island's wild donkey population, about 100 of them are being taken to California.
KITV reports (http://bit.ly/qqIQV0 ) the Humane Society of the United States is planning to remove the donkeys on a chartered plane next month. Humane Society's Hawaii director Inga Gibson says they'll go to animal sanctuaries.
Drought conditions led the donkeys from the highlands into a populated area in search of water. Donkeys were appearing near the highway and a school.
The Humane Society and a local veterinarian have been trapping and sterilizing animals from the rapidly growing population estimated at about 400 to 600 donkeys.
At the end of the month, a clinic is to be set up at a ranch to castrate captured male donkeys.
Information from: KITV-TV, http://www.kitv.com/index.html