A report of a large wildcat has some Hawaii Island residents on edge. What appears to be something the size of a large dog was reported by a Big Island man on the rural slopes of Mt. Hualalai above…
Undoubtedly another effect of climate change.
The second article, after the big cat article, in which the writer goes to the ocean In Long Beach, NY - on Long Island (famously where Subway lives) and is surprised that the beach is barred by the boardwalk and that he has to pay the town for a daily permit to go on the beach in contrast to Hawaii's free beach access (and how it wasn't always that way in Hawaii) is interesting. I never really never questioned the East coast fees myself but I am always happy to pay them since they have to run those big sand cleaning machines up and down the beach all summer and I see the storms on the news ripping away the sand and boardwalks and flooding everything when I'm not around so I figure it's the least I can do to help them fix all that stuff.Remember the big cat of Olinda? Ten years ago, the island was in the grip of hysteria about a mysterious large feline spotted in the hills and forests above Makawao. The “Olinda Cat” mystery had just about everyone talking. It started in December 2002, with a single account of a cat sighting...www.mauinews.com
Curious. Was absolutely fascinating to learn that Hawaii has no native land mammals. Easy to see how rats, cats, pigs and deer could get out of control there.There's so many deer running around Maui. I saw a group of 5 large deer run in front of my car in my parent's neighborhood the other night. Thought I was in Oregon for a minute. I'm pretty sure they're axis deer but they were bigger than I expected. Pretty crazy to see them running down the street in a somewhat dense neighborhood. Maybe a few natural predators would help keep their numbers in check. Same with all the goats out in Kaniao.
Large cats are the polar opposite of "invasive species", moron.I thought you understood the problem with invasive species?
The challenge with large cats is the amount of land area per cat required to support them if they are using wild animals as their food source. Every deer (or other food source) requires a certain amount of wild plants to grow up, and each cat needs to eat a certain number of deer. It’s very challenging in todays world and requires extensive conservation planning, especially when their habitat bumps up into (sub)urban areas.Large cats are the polar opposite of "invasive species", moron.
Instead, they are an "endangered" species, worldwide. Why? A lot of reasons, a key one being low reproductive rates. Almost all invasive species have high reproductive rates. Big cats do not. Look up the word "endangered"; you seem to confuse "invasive" with "endangered".
Countless countries around the globe strive to protect large cats as a result. They routinely transplant them to safer and different environments to keep them from going extinct.
I'm not saying that Hawaii should allow large cats; that's up to the state. But Hawaii seems like a perfect environment to allow big cats to thrive, reproduce and replenish the species. The downside? They eat some goats and sheep and make ranchers mad. The upside? They feast on rodents intrusive to Hawaii, and perhaps replenish the species while providing some entertainment for the locals and tourists.