Farmers fret over invader

Axis deer have been introduced on the Big Island, with confirmed sightings from Kohala to Ka'u, the state Department of Land and Natural Resources announced Friday. Survey areas are expanding as government agencies and private landowners work to develop a response and removal plan, DLNR Chairman William Aila said in a statement.

"We consider this a serious problem with far-reaching economic and environmental impacts to the agriculture industry and native ecosystems on the island," Aila said in the statement.

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Creatures Great and Small Threaten Maui's Ecology

Look out your window. Upcountry, you may see eucalyptus trees or fireweed. At lower elevations, you may see miconia or hear the repetitive call of the coqui frog. To many of us, these may seem like the sights and sounds of normal Hawaiian flora and fauna. They are, however, all considered to be invasive species.

Lissa Fox of the Maui Invasive Species Committee (MISC) spoke at the Upcountry Sustainability public meeting on Monday, Oct. 3. "Not all non-native species are invasive, and not all invasive species are non-native," she explained.

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