Hawaii Deer Population: A 2016 to 2019 survey of Hawaii, combined with some previous data, puts the deer population at around 131,500 a significant increase from previous estimates. The annual reported deer kill from the hunt is around 1,000 or less.
Axis deer on the rise, experts say November 7, 2023 Hawaii, The Maui News
... “We understand that deer populations also contribute to the subsistence hunting lifestyle and cultural practices of residents on Maui, Molokai and Lanai,” county spokesman Christopher Sugidono said this week. “Thus, we are asking state lawmakers to appropriate funds to help substantially reduce and manage the axis deer overpopulation ...
Concerns over bounty being offered to control Maui's deer population October 24, 2023 Hawaii, KHON2
... Bagshaw said he thinks they cut the population by 30%, which is their goal annually. He estimated the population at around 65,000 ... a tail bounty. “We’ve had some (tails) turned in,” Bagshaw added. “They’re not always that effective for various reasons ..,
Office of the Governor State of Hawaii, Tenth Proclamation Relating to Axis Deer September 14, 2023 Governor Josh Green
... WHEREAS, despite ongoing efforts, axis deer have propagated to approximately 60,000 or more, which cannot currently be sustained by the environment in Maui County ..,
Evidence for Irruptive Fluctuation in Axis Deer of Hawai 'i 2022 Proceedings of the Vertebrate Pest Conference
... : Axis deer on the Hawaiian Islands of Maui, Lāna‘i, and Moloka‘i simultaneously experienced one of the most dramatic population crashes on record in 2020-2021, which coincided with extended drought conditions and prompted an emergency declaration for these islands. This phenomenon has been anecdotally documented during previous drought events in 2011-2012, but
never formally studied...
Emergency period for deer crisis extended November 19, 2022 Hawaii, Maui News
... the deer population has grown to about 60,000 ... The emergency relief period allows the county and state to continue taking measures to reduce and control the deer ...
How to solve the axis deer problem? Maui mayoral candidates take starkly different stances October 18, 2022 Hawaii, KHNL
... two candidates for mayor ... Retired Judge Richard Bissen took a hard stance on the issue ... said the solution is eradication... Incumbent Michael Victorino said he wants to get the population to a manageable number...
Video below: Hawaii Gov. David Ige declared a new disaster relief period due to the Axis deer overpopulation crisis in Maui County. September 20, 2022, Hawaii
Funding, fencing on the horizon for farms, ranches hurt by axis deer June 28, 2022 Hawaii, The Maui News
... Funding will soon be available for local farmers and ranchers to apply for, and plans are in the works to put fencing around locations like the Kula Agricultural Park to help protect crops from foraging deer...
Molokai Residents Raise Concerns Over Plans to Reinforce Deer Fencing April 4, 2022 Hawaii, Honolulu Civil Beat
... Conservative estimates put their current population around 60,000 on Molokai, according to a survey by Maui Nui Venison ... Hunters are concerned about fences limiting the access to and supply of game meat, while community leaders fear it will force them back down into residential areas..,
Highest Deer Density On Record For Kiawah Island March 24, 2022 Hawaii, The Island Connection
...Town biologists recently completed the winter deer survey, and the 2021 deer density estimate is 127 deer per square mile... slightly increased from the 2020 ... [graph below]
Hawaii Data About 131,500 deer in Hawaii based on a recent detailed survey from 2016 to 2019 reporting that Molokai has 50,000 to 70,000 deer, Lanai has 25,000 to 30,000 deer, and Maui has about 35,000 to 50,000 deer. A 2023 estimate of 65,000 deer in Maui. An early 2022 survey estimates 46,743 axis deer in Maui with another estimate at 60,000 at the end of the year. A two year drought resulted in a significant reduction in the Axis deer population in 2020. A small herd of blacktails live on Kaua'i. The blacktail population on public land was estimated to be about 1,100 from 2013 to 2018 and 1,000 in 2019 and 2021.