Hawaii Deer News
Hawaii Volcanoes Releases Plan for Ungulate Control January 25, 2013 Hawaii, Big Island Now
... The plan [link to plan] and EIS are targeting goats, pigs, sheep, mouflon sheep, cattle and deer that they say destroy habitat ... The preferred alternative is one that gives park managers the most flexibility in its choice of a combination of fencing and lethal control methods. As with the other four alternatives, the objective would be the total removal of ungulates
Grant to help manage Maui deer problem January 25, 2013 Hawaii, Maui News
... Economic Development Director Teena Rasmussen said that the grant aims to study the feasibility of a venison project on Maui. Primary concerns for the project are for safety and creating a methodology for hunts inspected by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, she said.
Maui Axis Deer Pilot Program Update November 26, 2012 Hawaii, Maui Now
... Interview with Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa: With the deer eradication, culling process, what we are trying to do is get the areas where we have excessive amounts of deer, where we don’t want them–in people’s farms, back-yards, areas where they can cause a lot of mischief–we’re trying to make sure that we take out the deer in those areas first. If nothing else, what the effort does is it moves the deer herd to an area where it’s much more sustainable for us to be able to control it...
Big Island man defends his actions in axis deer case November 14, 2012 Hawaii, KITV Honolulu
"We feel by bringing the deer it's helping the cause, instead of killing them," said Rocha. Rocha was one of three men investigated for transporting axis deer from Maui to the Big Island back in 2009 ... The 65-year-old Mountain View man and his lawyer defend his actions saying axis deer are a food source...
Hawaii officials ask hunters to help them eradicate Big Island deer October 29, 2012, The Republic
State officials are encouraging hunters to help them eradicate axis deer on the Big Island. The announcement comes after the Board of Land and Natural Resources voted Friday ...
State Ramping Up Efforts To Eradicate Axis Deer October 24, 2012, Hawaii, Big Island Now
... The five-year plan calls for allowing licensed hunters in legal hunting areas to take as many deer as they want without obtaining a permit. “This authorization would allow licensed hunters to dispatch deer on public and private lands without limitation on the number taken,” said the report prepared for board members by Department of Land and Natural Resources staff.
Maui hunters form cooperative to kill axis deer on farms, ranches October 4, 2012 Hawaii, The Republic
Maui hunters are forming a cooperative to kill axis deer ... Axis deer are similar in size to whitetail deer found in the continental U.S. ... A few deer were brought to Maui in the 1950s as part of post-World War II efforts to introduce mammals to different places and increase hunting opportunities for veterans...
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- Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources
- Hawaii Division of Aquatic Resources
- Hawaii Division of Forestry and Wildlife
Goal of Department of Land and Natural Resources: Enhance, protect, conserve and manage Hawaii’s unique and limited natural, cultural and historic resources held in public trust for current and future generations of visitors and the people of Hawaii nei in partnership with others from the public and private sectors." from DNLR
There are black tail deer and deer hunts in Hawaii, deer are non native species. The management philosophy is: " Maintaining or restoring the dynamic natural processes is the goal of native ecosystem protection and restoration programs. Without a clear understanding of what native ecosystem management involves and why it is needed, public support for these programs will be difficult to obtain. Information and education should be incorporated into protection efforts whenever possible. Sound scientific research should be the base for management programs and activities." From Managing the NARS