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Maui axis deer survey counts about 8K animals

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 09:27 a.m. HST, Jan 13, 2014

Forest and Kim Starr via ASSOCIATED PRESs / April 12, 2012Axis deer were spotted last month in upcountry Maui near Makawao. Over the past two years, according to a survey, the animals have caused $1 million in damage for Maui farmers, ranchers and resorts. In the same time period, half of that was spent on trying to eliminate the animals. The movement of deer to Hawaii island, which was believed to be intentional, has wildlife officials seeking to eradicate the destructive creatures.

WAILUKU » The Maui Axis Deer Working Group is trying to quantify the invasive animal's population, while exploring whether developing a venison meat industry is a feasible solution for controlling its growth.

A September aerial survey counted about 8,000 deer in East Maui, the most heavily affected area. Axis deer were introduced to Maui in 1959, damaging farms, ranches and resorts.

Program manager Kanalu Sproat says the group in March plans to put radio collars on 20 female deer to monitor survival and reproduction rates.

The Maui News reported today that the group is working with a University of Delaware student studying a potential venison industry on Maui.

The group will also send surveys asking about the number of axis deer that are seen and what management methods are acceptable.

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HanabataDays wrote:
Bang! 7,999. Bang! 7,998. Bang! 7,997. Well, you get da peecha.
on January 13,2014 | 09:15AM
BillD wrote:
I think the only obvious answer is to release a bunch of tigers. What could possibly go wrong?
on January 13,2014 | 09:35AM
serious wrote:
BillD, I like your train of thought!! You must have been a mongoose advocate??? Or, the Egrets??
on January 13,2014 | 12:44PM
retire wrote:
Tastes like chicken, NOT!
on January 13,2014 | 09:52AM
wailua3 wrote:
Simple.... State DLNR hunt for the islands of Maui and Molokai...same as Lanai and Kauai.
on January 13,2014 | 10:31AM
Bothrops wrote:
"The Maui News reported today that the group is working with a University of Delaware student studying a potential venison industry on Maui." So who profits??? The guys who sell the meat or the farmers whose crops are ruined and the motorists whose windshields get smashed?
on January 13,2014 | 10:54AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
1959 the year we became Hawaii Five-O. No laws in effect yet to prevent invasive species from landing here. It's your fault Neil, you needed to run for Governor in 1959.
on January 13,2014 | 11:22AM
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