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!

Key recommendations from 2015 Ann Arbor Deer Management Plan

The City should set an overall goal of reducing deer-human negative interactions.
The first area of focus should be Wards 1 & 2. The recommended process is implementation of a series of annual culls, beginning in winter of 2016, on city property in Wards 1 & 2.
A sharpshooting contractor should be used for the culls. In order to permit a culling operation City Code Chapter 115 – Weapons and Explosives will need revision.
The planning process revealed public support in Wards 1 and 2for a lethal method.

Potential culling sites are surveyed months before the cull occurs and estimate the number of deer that would be harvested. All culls are conducted in January and February.
During this time, there are no fawns in the deer herd, thus no baby deer will be orphaned by the cull. Per MDNR regulation, all deer meat will be donated to the needy.
The Survey indicated that safety is the number one concern regarding implementation of a lethal method to decrease deer. The number two concern was proper management of hunters/shooters. A significant outreach effort is recommended to allay citizen concerns prior to a cull. According to MDNR, there have been
NO reported safety incidents by communities using contracted sharpshooters. The culling areas will be closed to the public prior to and during any cull.
No firearms will be discharged outside the culling area and all shots will be fired from above, into the ground.

Contrary to reports by opponents– the culls would take place in city parks, at night, by selected sharpshooters.

Deer herd in Glacier Highlands area

I have about a 1/3 acre lot in Glacier Highlands.

This video was taken in March.

This video shows the largest herd that I captured on film. I do have others of smaller groupings

The threatening buck on the continuing MLive stories also comes from one of my pictures taken of deer grazing and passing through my yard.

Large buck in yard in Glacier Highlands, NE Ann Arbor

Large buck in yard in Glacier Highlands, NE Ann Arbor

New messages

I’ve had two incidents in the past couple of weeks with deer running across the road in front of my car. One was on Dixboro and one was on Huron Parkway. Much as I don’t like the destruction in our yard, this is far worse and I’m surprised we haven’t seen more collisions.

A doe ran across Earhart between Glacier Way and Plymouth yesterday (June 24, about 9:30 a.m.) right in front of our car and a number of cars coming from the other direction. Fortunately, none of us hit her.

Orange fencing spring up with the season. How lovely.

On our walk today on Andover, we came upon this lovely fencing, protecting the lilies growing inside it.

Can’t you just see the whole city of Ann Arbor sprouting these colorful fences? Of course the fence is too short for a large space, but will probably do just fine for this space, about 3’x 6′, provided the deer don’t trample it.

Home for sale in NE Ann Arbor

Hillary H

They are selling the house across the street from me. A young gentleman came to look at the house with a realtor last week. I obviously got to thinking whether or not to sell up on my home too, it had me pondering some thoughts as to whether I’d go with a local realtor as my neighbor did, or whether I search around online for websites similar to that of House Buyers of America and others.

Then he came over to my house to ask questions about the neighborhood.
He asked what I like best about the area. Then he asked what I like least– I had to tell him, We have deer.

Last night, we had a dozen deer in my front yard, the leader, within a yard of my front stoop.
When we opened the front door, they scattered– some going towards Green others towards Bardstown.

I don’t remember any “sightings” on the aerial survey of numbers of deer in groups anywhere near 12, yet in the last week, we have had herds of 11, 12 and 15+ does passing through and sleeping in my backyard– and front.

Haven’t seen any bucks lately; so those 15 does we saw the other evening, in another month, will represent probably 45 deer for Northeast Ann Arbor. I think the deer are winning. Not sure what the prize is.

The Ann Arbor survey shows that 57% of respondents in Ann Arbor realize that there is a problem with deer in the city and want something done about it and will accept lethal methods. Since only half the respondents were from wards 1 and 2, I think that shows that the problem or knowledge of the problem is more widespread than just the North and NE side of town.

MLive, in a recent article said, “An online survey revealed public support for efforts to educate residents about deer-resistant landscape plantings, installing signs or reflectors at deer crossings, managing roadside vegetation to increase visibility, and prohibiting feeding deer.” Is this assuming that lethal methods to control the deer population and education about those we might see are mutually exclusive? REALLY? I’m pretty sure I answered YES to that question– I do think we should prohibit feeding and remove vegetation from the roadsides, so we have a better chance of seeing deer before they actually jump out into the road in front of us. Yet the latest article in Mlive starts the sentence about killing deer with a “BUT” not an AND. As if both options were not necessary.

The city survey did not ask us to prioritize our answers, just to check yes or no.

The city survey results also stated that 73% of the respondents do not feel deer should be give a status above that of other urban mammals. I agree, yet deer are destroying the habitats and food supply of many of these urban mammals and birds, not to mention the decimation native plants and trees. Are we not also Urban Mammals? Do deer have more rights to my property than I have?

Deer sightings and wisdom

SEVEN deer in a row just strolled one by one into our backyard from Spruce St. (near the corner of Chestnut). They were moving slowly in single file, and look pretty emaciated. They are sampling our ground cover and woody shrubs, or sitting and resting while chewing cud. Earlier today we had only 3 or 4. We have generally enjoyed watching them, although they do some damage (particularly to hosts, woody shrubs and ground cover and some trees), but THIS is getting to be a bit much. I am slowly moving from against to leaning more in favor of culling.

Seven in my yard yesterday and then in the street about 5:00 p.m. (Londonderry) maybe the same crew

We had 4 (that I could see) yesterday.. one right on our deck peering in our sliding door… crew are eating bushes, ground cover, etc

something is eating the tops of my daffodils and tulips as they come up. could it be deer?

Deer don’t generally eat daffodils- hence a good option in this neighborhood. They love tulips – but usually wait til they are just about to bloom..