Tracking deer-vehicle accidents and damage

Deer killed on Washtenaw, Oct

Deer killed on Washtenaw, Oct

We are looking for information from Ann Arborites, about issues they have with the deer population in the city.

Check out and contribute to the two maps we have where we are tracking deer damage and accidents.

For Damage, unlike last year, where we were tracking deer numbers and tried not to count the same deer in the same location more than once, this time we will accept multiple records from the same location and try to create a chronological listing with pictures if you send them.

Buck at Division and AnnProvide information on specific location (so we can map it) and describe damage. Give the date it happened. You can also send pictures as documentation.

For deer accidents or near accidents, report details — when, where, how, pictures….

Send information to deerannarbor@gmail.com

Lessons Learned” Report – Oak Bay Council Meeting May 11, 2015

From “Lessons Learned” Report – Council Meeting May 11, 2015 – See more at: https://www.oakbay.ca/our-community/pets-animals/deer#sthash.y2mLkJxe.dpuf

deer-attackUrban Pilot Study Area: Oak Bay – Lessons learned

Executive Summary:
There is a financial cost to doing nothing as well as a social cost. There are also real risks to public safety. The costs to taxpayers for managing deer fatalities and to homeowners through property damage, and fencing investments has not been calculated, however it should be noted as it is likely more significant that anyone realizes. We have reports of residents in Oak Bay who
have been chased up their walkways to the door, whose children have been challenged by bucks in rut in their own play area, and whose pets have been trampled in their yards. The deer in Oak Bay are 6 and 7 generation habituated deer and they have lost much of their fear of humans. Escalating human deer conflicts are to be expected and learning more about these wild animals and how to live safely and responsibly with them in our neighbourhoods is an important part of any deer management strategy.

From Facebook this morning–New Englanders

Here is what Jeff Foxworthy has to say about New Englanders…

Forget Rednecks …. If someone in a Home Depot store offers you assistance and they don’t work there, you live in New England . If you’ve worn shorts and a parka at the same time, you live in New England. If you’ve had a lengthy telephone conversation with someone who dialed a wrong number, you live in New England.

If Vacation means going anywhere south of New York City for the weekend, you live in New England . If you measure distance in hours, you live in New England. If you know several people who have hit a deer more than once, you live in New England .

If you have switched from ‘heat’ to ‘A/C’ in the same day and back again, you live in New England . If you can drive 75 mph through 2 feet of snow during a raging blizzard without flinching, you live in New England . If you install security lights on your house and garage but leave both unlocked, you live in New England.

If you carry jumpers in your car and your wife knows how to use them, you live in New England . If you design your kid’s Halloween costume to fit over a snowsuit, you live in New England .

If the speed limit on the highway is 55 mph you’re going 80 and everybody is passing you, you live in New England . If driving is better in the winter because the potholes are filled with snow, you live in New England .

If you know all 4 seasons: almost winter, winter, still winter and road construction, you live in New England . If you have more miles on your snow blower than your car, you live in New England . If you find 10 degrees ‘a little chilly’, you live in New England .

If there’s a Dunkin Donuts on every corner, you live in New England . If you think everyone else has a funny accent, you live in New England .

If you actually understand these jokes, and forward them to all your New England friends, you live or have lived in New England.

Deer Overabundance in Ann Arbor is a Threat to Human Health and Safety

Comments: Bernie Banet December 10, 2014, Deer Management Meeting

Deer caused over 49,000 collisions in Michigan in 2013, 1212 people injured, 12 killed. Many of the 49,000 deer of course were killed or injured in this inhumane method of deer population control. Insurance companies say car crashes cost Michiganders $130,000,000.
In 2013 there were 1,058 reported deer collisions with vehicles in Washtenaw County, 36 involved personal injury and 50 car-deer crashes in the city of Ann Arbor. Neighboring Scio Township has the second highest number of deer crashes in the state. The leading site of deer vehicle crashes in Michigan is Rochester Hills and the county with the most crashes is Oakland County. Are they really a model for us as some propose? Deer crashes occur in many locations in the city and county over the years, as seen on the map in our handout, and it is not clear that signage or roadside vegetation pruning will be effective in controlling them. This is especially so if the herd keeps multiplying as it would if the “do nothing” option in regard to herd reduction is selected.

Another looming threat to human health in our town is Lyme disease, a debilitating tickborne bacterial disease. Other tick-borne diseases are also a threat when the tick population increases. Lyme disease is famously prevalent and dangerous in New England and the Middle Atlantic region of our country but is also found in western Michigan along the Lake Michigan shore, and appears to be advancing toward Washtenaw County. Lyme infests Wisconsin and Minnesota and parts of Ohio, too, so there’s no reason to think we are immune.

It is true that deer do not directly transmit Lyme disease to ticks and deer do not in that sense “carry” Lyme disease. What happens is more complex. Deer host the adult deer ticks, a.k.a black-legged ticks, giving them a blood meal before they lay eggs. In the life cycle of the tick the eggs become larvae which become nymphs and then adults. It is at the tick’s nymph stage that the ticks become infected, usually from a reservoir of the disease bacteria in a small mammal such as a mouse that is their host at that stage of their life cycle. It is also at the nymph stage that the tick typically carries the disease to humans. Because the deer (or more rarely other large mammals) are essential hosts for the adult ticks, reducing the density of the
deer population is a prime public health strategy for preventing Lyme disease.

The State of Michigan Emerging Disease Issues web page http://www.michigan.gov/emergingdiseases/0,4579,7-186-25890_26140-75872–,00.html
states: “Deer supply the tick that transmits the bacterium with a place to mate and provides a blood meal for the female tick prior to production of eggs. Research shows that reducing the deer population in an affected area to a level of 8 – 12 deer per square mile virtually eliminates ticks and Lyme Disease in humans.”

#A2manydeer #wc4eb #realfactsabouturbandeer

Another dead deer on Green Rd.

My husband went off to a meeting early this morning, around 7:45am. He said he saw a large deer, dead by the street at the corner of Vintage Valley and Green Rd. Wasn’t positive it was a doe– might have been a buck, because it was large. It was too dark out to take a picture.

He was back two hours later and the deer was gone.

The city of Ann Arbor is certainly efficient about dealing with deer carcasses. This is the third dead deer we’ve seen in the neighborhood that has disapeared within a very few hours.

Good job, Ann Arbor. What department is responsible for this?
Good thing they were all “curbside”.

Wonder how the cars, passengers, and drivers fared?

#A2manydeer

Deer injured or killed on Green Rd, Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor, MI
Ward 2
Zip: 48105

Yesterday I was informed of a deer that was dead on the side of Green Rd near Glazier, about a block from my home. Within 15 minutes I was out of my house to document the accident. My husband and I walked up and down the area looking for this dead deer that was supposed to be just up a grassy slope on someone’s property, on Green. No deer to be found.

P0000727However, we did see this area on the sidewalk with large pools of blood. We also saw an indentation on the mulched area of the lawn where we assumed the deer had landed or layed down. Couldn’t believe the city was so fast in cleaning up a dead deer.

On closer examination, I saw a number of hoof prints, which could have been made earlier before the accident, but maybe showed that the deer was not really dead and had managed to wander off, in close proximity to my home, injured.