Blog — April 19, 2012

Hunters have been hired in an attempt to eradicate destructive non-native Axis deer on the big island of Hawaii. Introduced ungulates, like Axis deer, which are native to India and Sri Lanka, can be very destructive to native vegetation. This, in turn, can have a negative impact on native wildlife as well by reducing cover and food resources.  The Axis deer are particularly worrisome because they can jump high fences erected to protect native plants and animals.  The Hawaiian Islands are becoming the exinction capital of the U.S., and one of the primary reasons are introduced animals and plants. Hunters could be conservation heros for helping to eliminate this unwanted species.

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Michael Hutchins