Drought causing deer starvation, death on Hawaii

HONOLULU — A drought earlier this year in Hawaii has lead to the deaths of nearly 30 deer who were foraging for food outside where they normally would.

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“Two days ago, we literally picked up 30 dead deer from three different properties,” Patricia Hammond, who lives on Molokai, told Hawaii News Now.

The deer have no natural predator on the islands other than humans, the Garden Island reported.

“This is a self-fulfilling prophecy of invasive, non-native deer over-populating, degrading our forested watersheds and now starving as a result,” said David Smith, administrator of the Department of Land and Natural Resources’ Division of Forestry and Wildlife.