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Deer Management In Ann Arbor

Deer overpopulation in Ann Arbor and Washtenaw County is responsible for increasing home and vehicle property damage and is threatening the area's ecological balance.

This week, David Fair talks with Maurita Holland about the issues creating the problem and the potential solutions.


  •  Ann Arbor is considering lethal and non-lethal strategies for controlling or reducing the local deer population, which at up to 76 deer per square mile is three to four times what scientists consider a healthy population density.
  • This hot button issue has supported on both sides, some feel that deer are a natural part of the environment and that control measures are cruel and unnecessary, while others see deer as an overly abundant nuisance due to lack of natural predation.
  • Deer Control Talks in Ann Arbor: Talks are just getting started about possible options for controlling or reducing the urban deer population in Ann Arbor. But whatever method is used — lethal or non-lethal — it's likely going to require coordination with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

Resource: Washtenaw Citizens For Ecological Balance

Nearly three-quarters of David Fair’s 20+ years in radio has been at WEMU. Since 1994, he has been on the air at 5am each weekday on 89.1 FM as the local host of NPR’s Morning Edition. Over the years, Fair has had the opportunity to interview nationally and internationally known politicians, activists and celebrities. But he feels the most important features and interviews have been with those who live and work here at home. He believes his professional passions and desires fit perfectly into WEMU’s commitment to serving a local audience.
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