Calling all hunters! Hawaii state officials want your help eradicating axis deer on the Big Island. The deer were illegally brought over from one of the other islands and pose a serious threat to farms, ranches and forests. The AP reports:
The announcement comes after the Board of Land and Natural Resources voted Friday to allow licensed hunters to kill deer on public land on the Big Island without getting a special permit.
The state says there will be no restrictions on the days or seasons that deer may be hunted and no limits on the numbers that may be taken.
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Photo of axis deer on Maui, by Eric Nishibayashi, for the The Nature Conservancy