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Feral dogs capturing effort goes high-tech on Maui


WAILUKU >> Motion-sensor cameras have been installed on Maui in an attempt to capture feral dogs that have been able to evade traps.

It’s a high-tech effort to capture two adult dogs that have eluded authorities for months, Wailuku newspaper Maui News reported Saturday.

The 40- to 60-pound dogs know better than to be lured into a trap, Maui Humane Society Chief Executive Officer Jerleen Bryant said.

The cameras near Kepaniwai Park and the Iao Valley State Monument can capture pictures at night to help detect a pattern of the dogs’ routine, Bryant said. They’re easily spooked by people and no one has been able to get close enough to capture them, she said.

The dogs seem to be subsisting off garbage found at the parks. Neighbors in the area are “fully aware of the dogs (and) don’t want them there either,” Bryant said.

There have been no reports of the dogs harming anyone, other than surprising people hiking in the area.

“We’re being cautious,” Bryant said. “It’s only a matter of time (that) potentially something bad could happen (and) we want to get out in front of it before something does happen.”

Bryant said the society asked the state Department of Land and Natural Resources for help. The department installed the cameras.

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