Stray pets, feral chickens tended to by animal control officers

| May 8, 2015 | 0 Comments
File photo A typical flock of Hawaiian feral chickens claim a parking lot.

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A typical flock of Hawaiian feral chickens claim a parking lot.


Col. Duane R. Miller
Director, Emergency Services
U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii, and
Commander, 8th Military Police Brigade,
8th Theater Sustainment Command


If you have been in Hawaii for more than a day, you are probably aware that there are some stray animals out-and-about.

Perhaps the most obvious animals are the chickens.

While the chickens are the most obvious (and noisy) animals out there, the Directorate of Emergency Services works with some of the more conventional stray and lost animals on our installations.

If a report is received by the Military Police regarding a stray animal, or if one of our animal control officers (ACOs) comes across a stray or lost animal, we make every effort to safely capture the animal and then begin the process of trying to locate the owner.

We transport these animals to a temporary holding facility on Schofield Barracks where the ACOs use microchip readers to try to identify the owners. If the owner of the animal can’t be contacted, the animal is placed in a kennel, provided food and water, and checked for injuries. If injured, the animal is taken to the on-post vet clinic for treatment. If, after 24 hours, the MPs have not been contacted by the owner, the animal is transported to the Hawaiian Humane Society.

The chicken situation is a bit more difficult. We have spent a fair amount of time trying to find the best way to collect and remove the chickens that tend to call our installations home. With the assistance of the Directorate of Public Works, we have found a solution.

Although we don’t have a definitive timeline, during the summer months a capture and relocation project should begin, which will see the removal of the free-range chickens on our installations.

If you encounter lost or stray animals, please give the MPs a call. Do not attempt to capture the animals. Even though Hawaii is a rabies-free state, stray or loose animals may be unpredictable and could carry disease.

Let our animal control experts resolve the problem.


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