Monday, May 12, 2014
(Maui, HI) -- Work continues on Maui to reign in a species of deer that is reproducing at an alarming rate. The "Maui News" reports roughly 25-hundred axis deer were killed on Maui last year either through hunting or specific harvesting efforts. The Maui Axis Deer Working Group says its in the middle of developing a database that will keep count of the removed deer. Axis deer were introduced to Maui in the 1950s to give hunters a wider selection of targets. However, the deer don't have any natural predators in Hawaii and their numbers have grown between 20 and 30 percent per year on islands where they've been introduced.