Forum to focus on feral cats and chickens

Feral cats and chickens will be the topic of a Wednesday public forum sponsored by the office of Mayor Alan Arakawa, the Maui Humane Society and the Humane Society of the United States.

The forum will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Cameron Center Auditorium, 95 Mahalani St., in Wailuku.

Public testimony will be taken during the meeting, but participants are encouraged to submit questions ahead of time to

“Feral chickens and cats have become a significant problem in our community, and both residents and visitors are impacted by the effects of these feral populations,” Arakawa said in an announcement.

“However, each feral group presents unique challenges, and it is imperative that well-researched control methods are employed in a strategic and humane manner. It is my hope that this discussion will lead to workable solutions.”

Leading the discussion will be a group of Humane Society officials and wildlife scientists.

Scheduled panelists include:

* John Hadidian, senior scientist of Wildlife and Habitat Protection with the Humane Society of the United States.

* John Boone, a staff senior biologist with the Great Basin Bird Observatory in Nevada and an official with the Humane Society International.

* Inga Gibson, Hawaii director of the Humane Society of the United States.

* Jocelyn Bouchard, chief executive officer of the Maui Humane Society.

* Rob Parsons, environmental coordinator, Maui County Office of the Mayor.

For more information, call the Maui Humane Society at 877-3680.