CNMI governor under fire for island trip to release deer
6 July, 2020, 5:00 pm
The Northern Marianas governor is under fire for taking a trip to the remote northern islands during the Covid-19 pandemic to release some deer.
Ralph Torres flew to Pagan with YouTuber Robert Arrington, who runs a vlog called DeerMeatForDinner.
The pair released four sambar deers as part of an ecotourism initiative.
But opposition representative Tina Sablan said releasing a potentially invasive species into an ecosystem was not ecotourism.
The territory’s representative in Washington, Gregorio Kilili Sablan, had also weighed in, accusing the governor of taking a holiday in the midst of a pandemic.
Officials said the deer wouldn’t harm Pagan’s environment, and were released to create a food source for people.