Bucks in Ann Arbor Hills

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Buck vs Buck

These two actually just look like they are practicing.

In a yard in Glacier Highlands– I was so amazed I didn’t think about filming it– two large bucks ran through the yard, one across my deck, started fighting and then ran back across the yard (one across the deck again) chasing each other. And it did not end so quickly!

Deer Sightings

I have had three encounters with deer today, March 24, all within the bounds of Washtenaw, Geddes and Arlington. The roving band of 6 large deer was first encountered near Arlington & Aberdeen about 8:15-8:20 Am, a usual time to encounter them in this location. Second, midday, along Devonshire between Arlington and Londonderry, And Third, at dusk near Heatherway and Glendaloch. Each time they moved through yards eating and trampling, and crossed busy streets impeding traffic, This means they didn’t range far in the course of the day. There are several obvious places in this area they have bedded down, and the excrement is only one clue.

– Martine P.

BTW– that dead deer in the driveway off Washtenaw, east of Sheridan (in Ann Arbor Hills) is still there! Almost 2 weeks later.
Glad it was too cold to have my window rolled down. Don’t think I want a whiff of that.

– admin

Dead deer– and the weather is warming up

Last week, I saw a dead deer in one of the driveways on Washtenaw Ave, just east of Sheridan.

Later on that day, I passed by again and noticed the deer had been pulled, out of the driveway, and further into the yard, on the left of the driveway.

Since I know that the city picks up deer carcasses only on city property, I was wondering what would happen.

Drove by again, and didn’t see it, so I figured I either missed the right driveway, or it was gone.

Today– heading west on Washtenaw, I noticed the deer again. Had to be the same one. To the left of the driveway.

Problem– it is getting warmer! Pretty soon we’ll be smelling it as well as seeing it.

I am disgusted

Today is Thursday, March 5, and I am sitting at my computer looking out the window facing my back yard, and am watching 4 very large deer eat their way through my yard as usual. This is a daily occurance, and I have seen as many as 7 deer destroying my shrubs, plants sticking above the ground, and those that they have dug up with their hoofs on the lawn and in the gardens. Because of the snow, it is sad, and I am dismayed to see how close to my house they have come. There are even prints on my back deck. I have a wooded back, which I enjoyed for many years, along with all the plantings I have put in to make my home lovely. It was charming to see a “Bambi” many years back, but now I am disgusted that the city has let this “many Bambi” situation get out of hand. I could send in one of these reports to you everyday, and maybe I will now that I have your address.

-Barbara S.

The future is here– Droning on!

A2 deer by drone – March 2, 2015

I was up over a few areas yesterday. First spot was Onondaga, between Geddes and Hill. I had noticed many thousands of deer tracks there in the snow, then saw four deer in a backyard bedded down. Up I went and….I couldn’t see any deer. They were under dense pines and shrubs, or elsewhere. The tracks tell quite a story though, being a life long hunter with over 40 years experience I have to say I’m shocked at the sheer amount of “sign” left by deer in the snow and the damage to vegetation I observed. If I saw these signs in my hunting woods, I’d be jumping for joy knowing I would fill my freezer fast with venison!

Second area, Off Glazier Way on Wolverhampton Ln. Again, no deer to be seen anywhere. Tracks by the tens of thousands, very heavy deer trails in almost every wooded area and lawn I flew over.

Third area, just west of the above spot, across Huron Parkway in the north end of Arborcrest Memorial Park grounds. There were deer (does) standing all around, 6 or 7 scattered about. Going up and just over the treetops I could only see some of them, they simply disappear under the pines. Again, the tracks tell the story, the place is overrun and most shrubs are decimated by browsing.

Unfortunately it appears the only accurate way to do this from drone, or aircraft, is with FLIR. Which is what I thought, as that’s how the “pro’s” do it. I will try again soon in different lighting, at a different time of day. Overcast yet not too dark, is what may work the best. Looking back at past photo’s and video’s I see subdued lighting seems to provide the best contrast for picking them out of the snow. Still, FLIR is really the only way to get actual numbers.

What may be helpful to me is, if I knew exactly where they are, where they “yard up” together. If you have information from homeowners as to where those areas may be, let me know!

I’ve attached some photos taken from the video and have arrows pointing out what deer I did see. Some of these photos show the heavy prints in the snow in yards.

All for now!
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Response from Deer Mapping request

I hope it’s not too late and I don’t know why I haven’t done it sooner ( guess I’ve just thrown up my hands about the subject getting fixed in my lifetime)
But there are Always deer in my yard….. Usually three or four….. But last evening at around 7pm there were at least TEN …..!, There were three large ones resting in my garden beds this morning at 7 am…..

I live in Ann Arbor Hills. And they have pretty much chomped down a lot of the evergreens , all things green in the area around my house ……..one neighbor saw around 12 on Dorset one morning around 4 am…… Maybe your mapping will help get something done…….hope so!

Deer Destruction and Danger

In addition to being very concerned about the fact that deer often give birth in my yard– thus endangering the three little girls next door as well as my dog, I am also increasingly frustrated about the destruction to my yard.

Twenty eight years ago, I planted a yew hedge across the front of our two lots. The night before we left in January, there were four deer eating this hedge. They have already destroyed greenery which was planted to hide the tennis court and destroyed probably 10 -15 yews and other greens in my back yard which we pulled out last spring. Red twig dogwood, a dogwood tree, trillium, hosta, etc. have also been eaten.

Who wants to –or can afford to continue to re-landscape? Who wants to live in a neighborhood where one’s yard in constantly under assault? Perhaps we can get permission to built higher fences in the back but won’t it be sad to see all of the front yards destroyed for lack of another deterrent? The city planning department allowed a 19 foot high garage to be built one foot from our property line but I can’t grow evergreens to hide this building in my back yard!!

Would Tanya and her group believe that I should remove thousands of dollars worth of evergreens in order to plant boxwood because they are not as tasty to the deer? The problem with that is that the harsh winter last year also destroyed many of my boxwood. I find the ‘solutions’ to be poorly reasoned and unworkable. To see the yard which I planned and planted over almost three decades destroyed, is very upsetting.

Thus, I am saying again that there is an emotional as well as a financial cost to the deer problem. I wish those who want to protect the deer would give very, very exact descriptions of which foliage one should use and who will pay to remove the old and plant the new. I would also point out that sprays are totally impractical for those of us who are gone a lot. Perhaps those who think things are fine, might agree to a new tax which could be used to compensate those of us who are feeding the deer with our landscaping…..well we know that won’t happen:). I would like to see at minimum, a harsh fine for those who feed the deer.

-Sue C. Ward 1


City Administrator’s report out- disappointing to those of us dealing with substantial deer intrusion

Dear friends who are concerned about deer overabundance in Ann Arbor:

City Administrator Steve Powers’ deer management report to City Council was submitted this afternoon. The report is attached. It supports undertaking a planning process, with emphasis on public input, but does not recommend a specific course of action regarding deer management at this time. It does appear to rule out some methods as ineffective or not permitted in Michigan. In a second attached document there is a proposed Council resolution forwarded by the City Administrator that would fund the planning process going forward. It is expected at this time that the resolution will be on the agenda at Monday evening’s Ann Arbor City Council meeting, August 18, 2014.

I am disappointed that a specific plan is not being presented in the report, as requested by the original Council resolution, but apparently City staff feel that this is a controversial issue that will take some time to work through before a specific plan can be adopted. Those of us wanting action taken very soon to reduce the deer population may have to accept this report and resolution on good faith as steps toward that goal. Please read the report and, if you are moved to do so, send your comments on the deer plan and deer situation to Mayor Hieftje and City Council: EMail Mayor and Council To include the three new members of the next Council, add:

Your messages to local officials are still very much needed to motivate serious consideration of this issue. There are elected leaders who do not accept that there is a serious problem of deer overabundance and there are also officials who think that the public would rather not accept or want to pay for any steps that might actually solve the problem. If the resolution is passed it will initiate a process that solicits additional citizen input. There will be more emails to write, meetings to attend, calls to make…

Check out the resources on deer overabundance at https://www.wc4eb.org
See the new resolution put forth to continue this process by Jane Lumm

Re: Deer Management Plan for Ann Arbor

From: Lumm, Jane
Sent: Tuesday, July 22, 2014 5:01 PM
To: ‘[email protected]
Cc: Powers, Steve; Bahl, Sumedh; ‘Robert Tetens’; ‘Robert Grese’; ‘Robert Marans’; Kosteve, Jim; ‘[email protected]’; Hieftje, John; Kailasapathy, Sumi; Briere, Sabra; Petersen, Sally; Taylor, Christopher (Council); Kunselman, Stephen; Teall, Margie; Eaton, Jack; Warpehoski, Chuck; Anglin, Mike
Subject: RE: Washtenaw Citizens for Ecological Balance

Dear Washtenaw Citizens for Ecological Balance members,

Thank you for your thoughtful and timely outreach on the City’s pending deer management plan. I sincerely appreciate all the well-researched information, scientific data and knowledge that your organization brings to the deer overpopulation and management issue. Like so many in our community, I have learned a great deal about other communities’ best deer management practices from the WC4EB website, and would commend it as a great resource to anyone interested in this topic. You have certainly done your homework and are helping to educate us all on this important topic!

The issues and concerns you raise – the ecological damage and toll on landscaped and natural environments, and the related health and safety issues (e.g., vehicle/deer crashes, Lyme disease transmission) – are concerns that have been brought to my and city council’s attention by many of our residents. There now is not a day that goes by where I don’t receive a constituent call or request regarding the deer overpopulation problem. The shared observation is that the deer population is out-of-control, that our environment and safety demand a management solution, and that the failure to address the overabundance of deer in the city is not acceptable. As you so correctly note, and for the many good reasons you cite, our residents are eager for the City to provide them an actionable deer management plan. Expectations are high, and I am confident our City Administrator, in conjunction with the MDNR and other interested and relevant public organizations, will deliver a plan and options that will effectively lead to the reduction in the deer herds traversing our neighborhoods and streets. Other communities have and are successfully addressing the urban deer overpopulation problem, and I am confident Ann Arbor can as well. Your offer of assistance in this regard is greatly appreciated.

I am copying the Mayor and Council and our partners in this undertaking for their information and follow-up should anyone want to take you up on your generous offer to meet to discuss further. I am interested in meeting with you, and would invite anyone to join in the conversation.

With my respect and sincere thanks for your expertise, advocacy, and generous offer of assistance,

Jane Lumm