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The City of Ann Arbor will begin deer culls at seventeen parks and nature areas today.  This is the lethal part of the city's 2018 Deer Management program that will help control the deer population. 


Humane Society of Huron Valley

Now that we're in to October, it's time for the annual reminder about being on the lookout for deer on area roadways.


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The city of Ann Arbor will roll out  the lethal portion of its deer management plan today. As sharpshooters take to city parks and nature areas, and a few selected sites on the University of Michigan campus, the group Friends of Ann Arbor Wildlife in Nature, or FAAWN,  will march and protest.


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Another planned deer cull in Ann Arbor continues to generate controversy.  Last winter, 63 animals were killed in an effort to thin the herd in the city. This year, city council has authorized the killing of up to 100 more animals and the sterilization of up to 60 female deer.  That plan was approved on a 9-2 vote.  David Fair’s guest on this week’s edition of WEMU’s "Issues of the Environment" is Mayor Christopher Taylor, who voted against the cull. 


Scott Bauer / USDA

Have an opinion about the recent deer cull in Ann Arbor?  City officials want to hear feedback from residents.

Maurita Holland / Washtenaw Citizens for Ecological Balance

Ann Arbor’s deer population is now roughly around 202 animals, according to the results of a visual survey by city employees.

 

Huron Valley Humane Society

 A second lawsuit has been filed against the city of Ann Arbor for allowing USDA sharpshooters to kill deer for population control this winter.  Meanwhile, groups continue to work to stop the cull.

U-M Biologist Says Ann Arbor's Deer Cull Is Necessary

Jan 14, 2016

A University of Michigan biologist says Ann Arbor’s public debate over culling deer in the city is missing an important issue.

 


 

City of Ann Arbor

Twenty-six parks in Ann Arbor will close daily between 4PM and 7AM for three months to conduct a deer cull. 


LocalWiki

The Ann Arbor city council wants your opinion on whether or not they should approve a moratorium that would  temporary allow weapons to be fired in the city.   They will do this through a public hearing.


Michigan wildlife officials say they've detected chronic wasting disease among free-ranging deer in mid-Michigan. Chronic wasting disease is a contagious disease that can decimate deer herds if left unchecked.

Scott Bauer / USDA

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources cautions against knee-jerk solutions to curbing wildlife populations.

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Deer, they're majestic, graceful and, to some Ann Arbor residents, a major nuisance.  So much so that City Council has committed $20,000 to get public buy-in on a plan to manage the deer population.  


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Northeast Ann Arbor residents have raised concerns about the deer population for some time, but council member Jane Lumm says the issue seems to have really spiked in the last couple of years.  City Council Monday night will consider a resolution to have the city partner with a variety of other organizations to develop a deer management plan.