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Sentencing Scheduled for Maui Pilot in Deer Case

September 13, 2012, 8:59 AM HST
* Updated September 13, 5:26 PM
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Axis deer, file photo courtesy The Nature Conservancy and DLNR.

Update: Hauptman received probation – story updated here.

By Wendy Osher

Sentencing is set for today for a Maui man accused of the illegal transport of axis deer to the Big Island.

Thomas Leroy Hauptman pleaded guilty last month to a misdemeanor charge in the case.

The case was listed on today’s calendar before US District Court Judge, Kevin S.C. Chang.

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Earlier this year, the state Department of Land and Natural Resources launched a partnership between conservation groups and the agricultural community to eradicate the deer found on the Big Island.

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The team is hoping to rid the population on the island before farmers face the same problems now occurring on Maui, where deer populations are exploding.

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