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Deer in the Hood

June 4, 2014

Originally a gift to King Kamehameha V from Hong Kong in the 1860’s, axis deer have multiplied at a fast rate on the Hawaiian islands without any natural predator to control the population. On Maui, the deer can be seen not only in the forests and meadows but also on the golf courses, pineapple fields, vineyards, eating the local farmers crops and even in hotel lobbies.  Kanalu Sproat has been hired by the Maui Axis Deer Program to coordinate new ways of managing the deer population through tracking and learning more about their habits, as well as being the liaison between local farmers, ranchers, hunters and residents who are having problems with the invading deer and policy makers. The deer are beautiful and elegant creatures, however, the balance or imbalance of an ecosystem is much more apparent when one lives on a small island. My solution would be to offer some family planning classes for those deer!  Okay, so I don’t live in a cartoon world. These guys I photographed for the story Hana Hou Magazine is publishing on the deer  were smart, informed, compassionate people who want to take care of the population explosion in the best way possible for all.

Kanalu Sproat standing by a new deer fence on the Ulupalakua Ranch.

Kanalu Sproat standing by a new deer fence on the Ulupalakua Ranch.

James A. Gomes

James A. Gomes

James A. Gomes

James A. Gomes

Bruce R. Faulkner

Bruce R. Faulkner

Bruce R. Faulkner

Bruce R. Faulkner

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