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Conservancy Modifies Mule Deer Removal Plan


May 29, 2024

Catalina Island faces chronic threats of fire and ecological imbalance that have been exacerbated by the presence of non-native mule deer. While science speaks loudly to what must be done to ensure the safety of Catalina for future generations, the methodology to accomplish that is what has been at the center of discussion. Although experts have clearly stated that aerial hunting is the most humane method for removing mule deer in these situations, we understand and respect the concerns raised by residents and Supervisor Janice Hahn. In response to these concerns, we are revising our plan to prioritize alternative methods for deer removal. It will take time to revise the plan effectively. In the meantime, we will proceed with a ground hunting season.