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Ann Arbor’s plan to shoot deer in neighborhoods has some residents in fear, MLive, Dec 7, 2017The next cull is expected to last most of January, taking place in several parts of the city, including city parks and nature areas, university properties, and some private properties with owner consent. The shooting will be taking place from 3 p.m. to midnight daily. It’s expected that shooting will occur on a small number of city-selected private properties in wards 1 and 2, which include the north and east sides of the city, and also around Mary Beth Doyle Park on the south side of the city in Ward 3.

Ann Arbor details plans for hunt to manage deer population, USNews, Dec 5, 2017The Ann Arbor News reports nonprofit contractor White Buffalo will complete sterilizations from Jan. 2-7 by tranquilizing up to 26 female deer and surgically removing their ovaries. A hunt to kill up to 250 deer is scheduled Jan. 8-31.

See which parks could close for Ann Arbor’s deer cull in January, MLive, Nov 20, 2017The city of Ann Arbor has released a tentative list of 18 parks and nature areas that could be closed during designated hours for most of January 2018 while the city brings in sharpshooters to carry out the city’s third-annual deer cull.

Local animal rights group launches online petition to end lethal deer cull program, Michigan Daily, Nov 5, 2017“The Nichols Arboretum, which is expected to be a showcase and living laboratory of diverse species, has been unable to establish many seedlings due to the overgrazing of the deer herd,” Kosteva wrote. “The University has also incurred a significant loss of landscape materials, particularly on North Campus, that have been consumed or damaged by deer. Replacing that material has required a costly diversion of funds that otherwise could support more mission centered activities.”

Michigan Deer-Vehicle Crashes By The Numbers, We Love Ann Arbor, Oct 17, 2017According to a study conducted by State Farm, Michigan is the eighth most dangerous state for motor vehicle collisions with large animals such as deer, moose and elk. On average, one of every 85 Michigan drivers will have an insurance claim for damage from hitting a deer.

Ann Arbor updates deer cull contract to shoot significantly more deer in 2018, MLive, Oct 17, 2017The council and mayor voted 10-1 in favor of updating the city’s 2017-18 budget to spend another $35,940 on its contract with White Buffalo, the Connecticut-based nonprofit wildlife control company that has provided services for Ann Arbor’s deer cull the past two years.

Look up 2016 deer accidents in your Michigan community, MLive, Oct 16, 2017

Ann Arbor approves $481K to continue deer management efforts, Ann Arbor News, July 6, 2017The council voted unanimously and without discussion Monday night, July 3, to approve a two-year contract with White Buffalo Inc. for continuation of surgical sterilization and sharpshooting services at a cost of up to $170,000 per year, or $340,000 over two years.

Anna Polumbo-Levy: Start a conversation, Michigan Daily, June 28, 2017Through various interviews, we learned Warpehoski was an environmentalist, and his support for the deer cull was one that came from an ecological standpoint. The overpopulation of deer is a problem for people and drivers, but more crucially it is making Ann Arbor less ecologically diverse, as we have removed their natural predators. So, when the Editorial Board finally decided to try, again, to take a stance on the deer cull last winter, as I looked around the room, I could see how framed in a new light, with new information in hand (via Warpehoski), the deer cull made more sense to some people than it had before — it definitely made more sense to me. In the end, the vast majority of the Editorial Board voted to endorse the deer cull.

Man who died in motorcycle crash with deer was Navy veteran, grandfather, MLive, May 25, 2017The 57-year-old Navy veteran from Ypsilanti Township died Tuesday, May 23, in a motorcycle crash on Wiard Road.

Motorcyclist dies after striking deer then being run over by car, Mlive, May 24, 2017A man died after his motorcycle struck a deer and he was then run over by a car near the intersection of Wiard Road at Tyler Road in Ypsilanti Township on Tuesday, May 23

Issues Of The Environment: Tick Explosion Likely In 2017, Washtenaw County Lyme Cases Increasing, NPR, May 24, 2017 2017 is predicted to be an abundant year for ticks, and residents of the greater Washtenaw County region need to be aware that Lyme disease, as well as other tick-borne illnesses, are possible. 2016 was the first summer that Lyme was reported to be transmitted in the county, with four of the 17 cases detected likely originating locally.

City votes to keep deer cull in the budget, Michigan Daily, May 15, 2017The city had conducted a survey in 2016 in which 54 percent of the more than 2,000 respondents indicated they approved of lethal methods of population management and 61 percent approved of non-lethal methods. [There was also mileages that were passed to support the other efforts.]

Lyme Disease Can be Transmitted by Ticks in Washtenaw County, EWashtenaw, 2017All residents and visitors are urged to “fight the bite” against ticks and tick-borne disease. Transmission season for Lymedisease in Michigan typically occurs from May through August, with a peak in June. Frequent tick checks are important during this time of year, as prompt removal of ticks can prevent Lyme disease infection.

Lyme Disease confirmed in Washtenaw County ticks, Manchester Mirror, May 1, 2017Last summer, a local resident who had not traveled outside of the county was diagnosed with Lyme disease. Until then, local cases of Lyme disease have been related to travel to west Michigan or other states where infested tick populations are present. Of the 17 cases of Lyme in Washtenaw residents in 2016, four were likely exposed within the county. You can reduce your chances of getting a tick-borne disease by using repellents, wearing long sleeves and long pants tucked into socks, checking for ticks on your body, clothes and pets, and showering after being outdoors. Avoiding wooded and bushy areas with high grass is also recommended. If you have a tick bite followed by a fever or rash, seek medical attention.

Check For Ticks! Experts Warn Of Increased Lyme Disease Risk In Southeast Michigan, CBSDetroit, May 1, 2017The blacklegged tick is well-established in Michigan’s western Upper and Lower Peninsulas, according to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. However, the ticks are expanding into new areas across the Lower Peninsula. In 2016, there were 221 human cases of Lyme disease reported, and approximately two out of three cases reported exposure in Michigan. Tips: Avoiding tick-infested areas, Using insect repellent, Performing daily tick checks, Bathing or showering

Monitoring Deer Impacts on Natural Vegetation in Ann Arbor: A Pilot Study of Red Oak Seedlings as Experimental Indicators of Deer Browse Intensity (Sentinel Seedlings) Across 10 Ann Arbor Natural Areas, Jacqueline Courteau, Ph.D. Consulting Biologist/Ecologist, City of Ann Arbor, April 30, 2017Deer damaged 61% of unfenced experimental seedlings overall, with browse
rates ranging from 20–90% depending on the park. This level exceeds the 15% recommended by Blossey (2014) as likely to reduce forest regeneration.

Lyme disease now officially a known risk in Washtenaw County, MLive, April 13, 2017Until last summer, all local cases were considered likely to be related to travel to western Michigan or other states where infested tick populations are present, according to Washtenaw County Public Health.
But then last summer a resident in a rural area in the western part of the county contracted Lyme disease, apparently without leaving the county, public health officials reported. Now, they’re reporting there were 17 total cases of Lyme disease in Washtenaw County residents in 2016, and four were likely exposed within the county, according to the county.

Botanical gardens discussion reviews implementation, effects of deer cull, Michigan Daily, March 8, 2017The pattern of feeding wherein deer move through a wooded location and feed on underbrush, negatively affected forest growth and diversity in multiple local parks. One of the ways she — in cooperation with the University of Michigan — tried to quantify the damage done to plants by browsing is by systematically planting an indicator species like red oak, and observing how deer and other animals interacted with it. “Browse proportion ranged from 20 percent to 90 percent depending on the site, but in half of the sites, 60 percent or more were deer-browsed, and some of them repeatedly,” she said. Paul Muller, a retired employee of the Metropark system, emphasized the entire parks and recreation community was concerned with carrying out the cull as effectively and ethically as possible.

Deer impacts on natural areas focus of free talk in Ann Arbor, MLink, March 6, 2017Two local groups, Wild Ones Ann Arbor and Washtenaw Citizens for Ecological Balance, are presenting the free program titled, “How Deer Affect Plants, Pollinators and Ecological Processes: Studies in Southeast Michigan.

Jacqueline Courteau, a local ecologist and biologist, is expected to speak about her research on the impacts of deer in natural areas.

Paul Muelle, who recently retired as manager of natural resources for the Huron-Clinton Metroparks, is expected to describe the conditions that led the Metroparks to decide to cull deer on some of its properties, as well as how the culls have been done, the results and ongoing management program.

Tick-borne Lyme disease exploding into Michigan; human cases up 5-fold, The Free Press, Feb 23, 2017The Lyme disease spike in Michigan correlates with the spread of blacklegged ticks here. In 1998, the ticks were established in only five counties — Berrien County in the southwestern-most Lower Peninsula, and four counties in the Upper Peninsula — and reported in 22 other counties. By 2016, however, the ticks were established in almost five times as many counties — established in 24 Michigan counties and reported in 18 others. The ticks have overtaken the entirety of the Lake Michigan shoreline in the Lower Peninsula, from Charlevoix to St. Joseph. But tick populations are not staying confined to coastal counties, becoming established increasingly to the east in the southern part of the state.
[Saline resident, who had not traveled outside the county,] Feldkamp said she never got her primary care doctor, neurologist, or oncologist to take Lyme disease seriously. “And once I started being vocal about it on Facebook, I started hearing from all these other people suffering from Lyme disease who’ve had a similar experience with their doctors,” she said.
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Opinion: HSHV spreads false info about A2 deer, The Ann, Feb 16, 2017The Humane Society of Huron Valley has consistently provided false information about Ann Arbor’s deer management plan. This misinformation: Breeds conflict, Damages our local democracy, Puts council through unnecessary hours of listening to a relatively few protesters, Impedes the contractor’s efforts and adds to the city’s expense.

Deer Cull Activities Completed Safely, Parks Reopened, A2gov.org, Feb 7, 2017From Jan. 30 to Feb. 6, White Buffalo sharpshooters lethally removed 96 deer from designated parks and nature areas and University of Michigan properties. A Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) special research permit allowed White Buffalo sharpshooters to remove up to 100 deer. City staff in consultation with White Buffalo decided to re-open the parks and conclude this year’s program due to poor weather; and the effort to obtain four additional deer was outweighed by the benefit of re-opening the parks. There were zero safety incidences related to cull operations.

Ann Arbor council member’s wife hits 2 deer while taking kids to school, MLive, Jan 31, 2017“And we’ve had lots of near-misses in the past, but this was the morning that we actually made contact, not with just one, but two deer.” Westphal, who was not in the car, shared the story publicly on social media and recounted it in an interview. He said his wife was driving about 10 mph because of the snow when a deer herd ran across the street. One deer bounced off the front bumper and another jumped and tripped over the roof, while others ran behind the car, Westphal said.

Michigan City Sterilizes Wild, Free-Ranging Deer, Outdoor Life, Jan 31, 2017Deer aren’t dogs. Or cats. Or horses. They’re wild animals. You can’t simply neuter them, dump them back into their habitat and stand around patting yourselves on the butt while telling each other what kind and gentle souls you are and expect everything to be just fine. The sterilization campaign was painted as an act of empathy – city residents wanted the deer population controlled, but it didn’t want to allow hunting or hunters to do it. Instead, they opted to dart, capture and sterilize deer. See, that’s what’s lost here. The folks who pushed so hard for “non-lethal” means of population control were quick to point out that they were “saving lives” by preventing hunters or sharp-shooters from killing deer, that they were doing the “humane” thing by controlling the population with birth control. In doing so, they likely aborted numerous fetuses (most of the does who underwent surgery were pregnant) and were more than willing to use wild, free-ranging wildlife as experimental test subjects. Because, surely, that’s a better option than hunting them.

54 deer in Ann Arbor now sterilized after week of ovary removals, Mlink, Jan 30, 2017All of the deer that are sterilized are being outfitted with ear tags with numbers that they’ll wear back in the wild, and several will have radio collars to track their whereabouts for further research and followup in the next year. Many of the deer sterilized this past week were pregnant, and in many cases, the removal of ovaries will not only permanently sterilize the deer but also terminate the pregnancy and prevent the birth of fawns in the spring.

Behind the scenes with Ann Arbor’s deer sterilization crew on a Friday night, MLive, Jan 28, 2017Since last Sunday, when the city-funded and state-permitted experimental operation started, the team has successfully sterilized 53 female deer and returned them to the urban wild in Ann Arbor. All of the deer that are sterilized are being outfitted with ear tags with numbers that they’ll wear back in the wild, and several will have radio collars to track their whereabouts for further research and followup in the next year.

One Guess as to What Hunters Think of Ann Arbor’s Deer Sterilization Plans, WideOpenSpaces, Jan 25, 2017Hunters are not thrilled with Ann Arbor’s plan to sterilize deer. Hunters typically would like the chance to hunt in these urban areas within city limits, but members of some communities have voiced their opinion against this. As an effort to find a solution that will appeal to a majority of the people, Ann Arbor will be the first city in Michigan to sterilize deer. In 2017, about 50 does will be captured and have their ovaries removed.

Deer cull is a necessary cost, Michigan Daily, Jan 19, 2-17The deer cull will greatly benefit the entire Ann Arbor community, including the University community, by reducing additional damage to local ecology and personal property. While killing and sterilizing deer is certainly not ideal, it is a necessary measure of population control that has been carefully planned out to ensure the safety of our residents and the efficacy and ethics of maintaining our environment.

Hunters oppose Ann Arbor’s plan to sterilize deer, Interlochen Public Radio, Jan 13, 2017t’s true that there is an added cost that comes with sterilization, but Ann Arbor is paying the bill in full, without any help from the state. The city has budgeted nearly $100,000 for the sterilization of deer in 2017.
U-M faces backlash for partnering with Ann Arbor on killing deer, MLink, Jan 12, 2017Mary Sarsfield, an animal rights advocate in Detroit, is now circulating a Change.org petition, calling on U-M to rescind its participation.

The city’s stated goal is to reduce the deer population to maintain the biodiversity and sustainability of plants, animals and insects in the city’s natural areas and to address an increase in deer-vehicle collisions and related safety concerns, as well as address damage to horticulture within the city.

UM’s own assets have been damaged and continue to be at risk by what the university believes is an overpopulation of deer. “The Nichols Arboretum, which is expected to be a showcase and living laboratory of diverse species, has been unable to establish many seedlings due to the overgrazing of the deer herd.”

Deer kill, sterilization set for Ann Arbor parks, Outdoor News, Jan 9, 2017The Ann Arbor News says 11 parks and nature areas will be closed from 3 p.m. to midnight during the 15-day hunt, which starts Jan. 30. The shooting will be performed by sharpshooters from White Buffalo Inc. Ann Arbor wants to reduce the deer population to protect plants and animals and to reduce deer-vehicle crashes.

11 city parks, Nichols Arboretum to close for Ann Arbor deer cull, MLive, Jan 6, 2016The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has approved the city’s proposal to have sharpshooters from White Buffalo Inc. come into the city for a second-annual deer cull, while for the first time conducting fertility control research on female deer in Ann Arbor by removing their ovaries.

Deer-management program on U-M property limited to Jan. 30-Feb. 2, UM Record, Jan 6, 2017Both segments of the city’s deer-management program will be carried out by a city contractor, White Buffalo. Sharpshooters will operate on U-M property for a more limited time frame of Jan. 30-Feb. 2, when the U-M properties involved will be closed each day, 3 p.m.-midnight. They include:

    • Nichols Arboretum.
    • Acreage south of Glazier Way and east of Fuller Road.
    • Acreage south of Hubbard and west of Huron Parkway.

The DNR Let Ann Arbor Sterilize Your Deer, MUCC, Jan 6, 2017The Michigan DNR – the agency that you fund with your hunting, fishing and trapping license dollars – just gave the City of Ann Arbor the go-ahead to sterilize free-ranging whitetail deer which you have entrusted the DNR to manage. Instead of “pursuing policies which encourage hunting, including archery hunting, in urban/suburban areas, to address urban/suburban deer issues,” and upholding the public trust we place in the DNR to manage our resources, they’re allowing an independent company to implement the number one anti-hunting strategy for eliminating deer hunting.

City Announces 2017 Deer Management Program Details, Ann Arbor, Jan 6, 2017 City of Ann Arbor’s 2017 deer management program, which has three primary components:

  • Sterilization (non-lethal) Plan — pneumatically darting deer in two areas, temporarily removing and surgically sterilizing deer and returning deer to area where they were found.
  • Lethal Plan — sharpshooting and lethally removing up to 100 deer on public lands and a small number of large city-selected private parcels with appropriate consent.
  • Educational Program and Public Rights-of-Way Improvements — providing educational materials to the community in late spring 2017 on how to live with deer, evaluating the city’s fencing ordinance and recommending improvements that can be made in the city’s rights-of-way, such as signage.

State Approves City’s 2017 Deer Management Plan, Michigan Daily, Jan 4, 2017According to the city, between the hours of 3 p.m. and 5 a.m. from Jan. 22 to 29, professionals from White Buffalo Inc. will dart doe with tranquilizers to conduct ovariectomies — surgical procedures that remove ovaries — on them at a temporary surgical site. Every sterilized deer will have a numbered ear tag attached to it, and one doe from each group will be fitted with a radio collar to track migration patterns and analyze survival rates. The program aims to sterilize at least 50 deer by the end of the week.


  • So Where are We Now with Ann Arbor’s Deer?, Local In Ann Arbor, Dec 30, 2016So why do we need a deer management program? Because of their explosive reproductive capability. As we explained in detail in our post, Deer and the Numbers Explosion, deer will increase their numbers exponentially if left unchecked. In the early years, one only notices that there are more deer around than in the past. Suddenly 10 deer are camping out in your backyard. This increase in numbers has many effects on the immediate territory.
  • Ann Arbor waits for DNR approval to start next deer cull, ovary removal, MLive, Dec 29, 2016The city of Ann Arbor is still waiting for permission from the state to proceed with bringing in sharpshooters to kill more deer in the city and to conduct surgical sterilization research on female deer.
  • Deer Cull 2.0, Ann Arbor Observer, Jan 2017
    This year’s deer cull will be shorter, but sterilizations will add to the cost.
  • U-M to let city-hired shooters kill deer at Nichols Arboretum, North Campus, MLive, Nov 21, 2016The University of Michigan has agreed to partner with the city of Ann Arbor on efforts to reduce and control the local deer population. That includes allowing sharpshooters hired by the city to kill deer on university property in four general areas: in Nichols Arboretum; between the Huron River and the railroad tracks south of Fuller-Mitchell fields; south of Glazier Way and east of Fuller Road; and south of Hubbard and west of Huron Parkway.
  • Mayor questions ‘cultural cost’ as Ann Arbor approves next deer cull, MLink, Nov 15, 2016The Ann Arbor City Council has decided to move forward with a combination of sharpshooting and surgical sterilization to continue efforts to reduce and control the local deer population this winter.
  • Deer breaks into Ann Arbor apartment, MLink, Nov 13, 2016Police were called about 10 a.m. Sunday to an apartment in the 1800 block of Lake Lila Lane for a deer that broke through a window or sliding glass door.
  • Managing deer may cost more than $250,000, Ann Arbor News, Oct 27, 2016City staff presented updated budget calculations at a City Council work session Monday night, showing $258,545 in expected costs if the city carries out a combination lethal/nonlethal program. That includes shooting as many as 100 deer and surgically sterilizing up to 60 deer, plus doing more vegetation impact studies and other data collection.
  • Oh Deer! Video Shows Deer Crashing Into Northwest Indiana Restaurant, Chicago5, Oct 26, 2016Video of the scene shows the deer smashing through a window at the Aspen Cafe in St. John. The animal then runs through the restaurant, just missing a woman in the entryway, before bursting through another window to exit the building.
  • New study evaluates deer damage in Ann Arbor’s natural areas, MLive, Oct 26, 2016“Ecological concerns about the impacts of deer on natural areas go beyond assessing whether deer are damaging a few plants. The larger and deeper issues are whether deer damage is leading to declines in biodiversity — in the abundance and distribution of native species — and whether that damage can lead to long-term changes in ecological communities and functions. The question is whether deer browsing might in turn lead to declining resources and habitat for pollinators, songbirds and other forest species.
  • Ecologist describes plan to surgically remove ovaries from Ann Arbor deer, MLive, Oct 25, 2016In addition to using bait to lure deer in the afternoon, DeNicola said there would be a “mobile session” at night in which his team would drive around neighborhoods with a law enforcement officer and dart deer spotted.

    “As much as it seems almost like lunacy to dart and sterilize deer, I can literally get every animal in that neighborhood, and then through attrition that population will decline, so that is something that you have to consider.” “We have pretty extensive data to date from eight different field research projects,” he said, suggesting Ann Arbor could see a 10-20 percent annual reduction in deer population through attrition in neighborhoods where sterilization is done. He said sterilization can cost about $1,000 to $1,200 per deer.
  • Deer Management 2017 Program, Ann Arbor City Council, Oct 24, 2016
  • Ann Arbor officials to discuss deer cull, sterilization plans tonight, MLive, Oct 24, 2016The agenda for the meeting indicates the council will be receiving information from the city’s staff, as well as ecologist Jacqueline Courteau, and White Buffalo Inc. founder and president Anthony DeNicola. DeNicola submitted a proposal to the city on Sept. 25 for a combination of sharpshooting and surgical sterilization to control the deer population.
  • Ann Arbor releases plan to kill 100 deer this winter, sterilize up to 60, MLive, Oct 15, 2016City Administrator Howard Lazarus laid out the city’s 2017 deer management strategy in an eight-page memo to the City Council on Friday, Oct. 14, indicating the goal is to kill 100 more deer using firearms this winter. Additionally, the city hopes to sterilize between 40 and 60 deer if practical and cost effective, the memo indicates.

    Michigan State Police data reported through MichiganTrafficCrashFacts.org shows there were 535 deer-involved traffic crashes in Ann Arbor over the last 12 years, with a spike last year, going from 51 in 2014 to 90 in 2015, while the total yearly crash count in the city ticked down from 3,827 to 3,530.
  • Another lawsuit over Ann Arbor’s deer cull dismissed in Court of Claims, MLive, Aug 10, 2016The dismissal of the case in the Court of Claims followed the July 18 dismissal of a similar lawsuit brought by the same plaintiffs against the city, state and federal governments in U.S. District Court.
  • Warpehoski wins 5th Ward primary in Ann Arbor by 2-to-1 margin, MLive, Aug 2, 2016With three city incumbents running uncontested this year, and another three incumbents prevailing in contested races, Warpehoski said he thinks that shows there is a high level of satisfaction with the direction the city is going. Warpehoski said he also thinks the race showed that opposition to the deer cull is not a significant factor in City Council elections.
  • Person who contracted Lyme disease lives in western Washtenaw County, MLive, Aug 1, 2016During the peak tick activity season, ticks from wooded and natural areas will be collected, identified and tested. No ticks from Washtenaw County have tested positive for Lyme disease, WCPH officials note. Amanda Ng, WCPH health educator, said since there has been little testing done up until this point, it’s hard to say which areas pose more of a risk.
  • Lyme disease in Michigan: New Washtenaw County case could be evidence of infected ticks, Detroit Free Press, July 30, 2016“Evidence that Lyme disease is spreading locally is new for Washtenaw County,” says Laura Bauman, epidemiology manager with Washtenaw County Public Health. “The likelihood of infection is probably still low in our area. But, we’ll know more as our local health care providers continue to identify and report cases to us. Residents can also help by submitting ticks for testing.”
  • New evidence suggests Lyme disease present in Washtenaw County, MLive, July 29, 2016YPSILANTI, MI – Recently, a Washtenaw County resident was infected by Lyme disease without leaving the county, suggesting that Lyme disease may be present in Washtenaw County. “Evidence that Lyme disease is spreading locally is new for Washtenaw County,” said Laura Bauman, epidemiology manager with WCPH. “The likelihood of infection is probably still low in our area. But, we’ll know more as our local health care providers continue to identify and report cases to us.”
  • Coyotes & Deer, Ann Arbor Observer, August 2016Though coyotes will obviously prey on deer, they tend to focus on young and weak deer. They generally do not have signicant impacts on deer populations in urban settings.
  • a href=”http://www.mlive.com/news/ann-arbor/index.ssf/2016/07/federal_judge_dismisses_lawsui.html#incart_river_mobile_home” target=”_blank”>Federal judge dismisses lawsuit over Ann Arbor deer cull, MLink, July 19, 2016A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit over the city of Ann Arbor’s deer-culling program. In a 22-page opinion handed down on Monday, July 18, Judge Arthur Tarnow of the U.S. District Court in Detroit granted motions by the city, state and federal governments to throw out the case.

    In a statement released Monday night, City Attorney Stephen Postema said the dismissal of the case is not surprising. “The case had no factual or legal basis. The city attorney will always vigorously defend against such lawsuits,” he said.
  • People in shooting zones posed a challenge during Ann Arbor deer cull, MLive, June 6, 2016They might have been able to shoot more, but there were some operational challenges, including the presence of people in closed city parks and nature areas that were designated as shooting zones, city officials acknowledge.

    Those challenges are outlined in a newly released report from the city discussing how the first deer cull went.
  • Keeping their cull, Ann Arbor News, May 22, 2016 The council is asking the city’s administration to come up with a plan by Oct. 3 for data collection, metrics, public engagement and coordination with other partners on deer management, including the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, the University of Michigan and Washtenaw County. It establishes a budget for a cull and all of the related deer management activities essential to success.
  • ‘Deer doctor’ to visit Ann Arbor for free seminar on ‘deer-proofing’ gardens, MLive, May 19, 2016A lifelong organic gardener and past retail greenhouse/nursery owner, Baker has been instructing and consulting on deer-proofing gardens since the 1990s and has co-authored several articles. She is the author of the guidebook “How to Deer-Proof Your Garden in Five Easy Steps.”
  • $145K for deer management included in Ann Arbor’s new city budget, MLive, May 17, 2016The council is asking the city’s administration to come up with a plan by Oct. 3 for data collection, metrics, public engagement and coordination with other partners on deer management, including the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, University of Michigan and Washtenaw County.
  • Ann Arbor residents still divided on shooting deer, survey shows, MLive, May 4, 2016Results from a recent online survey conducted by the city show a majority of respondents — 54.4 percent — support continuing lethal methods to reduce the deer population, while 45.3 percent are opposed.
  • Aarica Marsh: Deer culls aren’t so evil, Michigan Daily, March 23, 2016Maybe it’s because I’m from a rural area where people rely on hunting to survive. Maybe it’s because all of the deer meat has been used to provide for hungry families. Maybe it’s because I care more about the wildflowers than the deer. Or maybe it’s because I listened to the deer experts who have come to a consensus: Far worse ecological disasters can happen without deer control.
  • Letter: Deer are vandals destroying enjoyment of hobbies, property, MLive, March 20, 2016What would you do if someone moved into your neighborhood, vandalized your property and materially degraded your ability to enjoy your home and hobbies? You would call the local municipal authorities and have these vandals removed. These vandals are deer and this vandalism occurs regularly.
  • Deer-involved traffic crashes in Ann Arbor jump 73%, MLive, March 2, 2016
      Data for 2015 shows the number of reported crashes involving deer in the city jumped by 73 percent — from 51 to 88 — last year.

  • Ann Arbor deer cull ends with 63 deer killed in city parks, MLive, March 1, 2016City officials said a total of 63 deer were killed by U.S. Department of Agriculture sharpshooters hired by the city to carry out the cull for up to $35,000.
  • City survey shows deer population increase despite cull, Michigan Daily, Feb 24, 2016“Many of those 168 deer (counted last year) were pregnant and gave birth, and there is low mortality in urban deer populations; deer grow exponentially and we really could be seeing a population explosion,” Dick wrote.

    Ann Arbor resident Bernie Banet: “We’re not surprised at all that that the population (of deer) is larger now,” Banet said, adding that his group had originally advocated for an annual cull target of 300 deer and estimated the local population of deer could be as high as 1,000. As further evidence that the Ann Arbor deer population is still growing, Banet noted that the number of deer-vehicle crashes in Ann Arbor had increased from 51 to 88 in from 2014 to 2015.
  • Ann Arbor’s deer cull: ‘A divergence in values’, The Ann, Feb 24, 2016White-tailed deer have invaded yards and natural areas throughout the city. In response, and in spite of protests led by the Humane Society of Huron Valley, the City Council voted on Nov. 5 to hire sharpshooters to kill 100 of the city’s deer.
    Cull opponents have continued to comment at council meetings, tried to recall a councilmember, asked the Department of Natural Resources to deny the city’s request for a cull permit and filed an unsuccessful lawsuit to stop the cull.
  • Ann Arbor officials ask whether $35K is enough for deer management next year, MLive, Feb 23, 2016The city’s administrative staff proposed placeholder funding in the amount of $35,000 at Monday night’s City Council budget work session, but that immediately prompted questions about whether that’s enough.
  • Ann Arbor deer count increases from last yearMLive, Feb 22, 2016The city of Ann Arbor has released the results of a Feb. 18 aerial survey of the deer population, showing 202 deer were counted. That’s up from the 168 deer counted the last time the city conducted a helicopter flyover in March 2015, despite the fact that 51 deer in city parks were killed by hired sharpshooters this winter as of the end of last week.
  • Deer cull update: Halfway there, Ann Arbor News, Feb 18, 2016 Ann Arbor officials reported this week that the citywide deer cull is about halfway to its goal of killing 100 deer. Last week, another 11 deer were shot and killed by U.S. Department of Agriculture sharpshooters hired by the city, bringing the total number up to 47 since the cull started Jan. 2, the city reported this week. The city also is reporting that, as of Feb. 8, 1,050 pounds of venison had been donated to Food Gatherers to feed the hungry.
  • The Culture War over the Deer Cull, The Ann, Feb 2016Ann Arbor is struggling through a “nature war.” White-tailed deer have invaded yards and natural areas throughout the city. In response, and in spite of protests led by the Humane Society of Huron Valley, the City Council voted on Nov. 5 to hire sharpshooters to kill 100 of the city’s deer. This article describes the process that resulted in the cull, compares it to the struggle over “accessory dwelling units” in 2002, and, from the comparison, draws lessons about how to sway City Council.
  • Ann Arbor deer cull helping Food Gatherers feed the hungry, MLive, Feb 11, 2016Michigan Sportsmen Against Hunger is partnering with the city and covering the costs of processing the venison.
  • Ann Arbor deer cull helping Food Gatherers feed the hungry, MLive, Feb 11, 2016Howell-based Great Lakes Custom Meats and More is processing the meat, which is being delivered to Food Gatherers, an Ann Arbor-based nonprofit food rescue and food bank program serving Washtenaw County. Michigan Sportsmen Against Hunger is partnering with the city and covering the costs of processing the venison.

  • Culled deer can help feed the hungry, Detroit Free Press, Feb 6, 2016The idea of using free-range, organic meat to feed the poor is not new. Michigan Sportsmen Against Hunger has been doing it since 1991. This year, the organization provided more than 120,000 meals from Michigan’s flourishing deer population in addition to canned food drives.

    Yet a group of Ann Arbor citizens is deeply offended. Last week, in a zealous attempt to turn the tide against an ongoing deer cull in the parks, the Humane Society of Huron Valley released photos of dead deer — even though the harvest from the culls helps feed the needy.
  • Roundtable: Should the deer cull be stopped?, Michigan Daily, Feb 4, 2016The report states, “the population of white-tailed deer has significantly increased,” and details extensive surveying of Ann Arbor residents’ opinions about reducing the deer population. More than 70 percent of the surveyed residents in the overpopulated areas support lethal methods of reducing the deer population. However, the lawsuit filed notes that Ann Arbor currently has 15 to 20 deer per square mile, an appropriate amount according to Michigan Natural Features Inventory biologists.

  • Humane Society posts gory dead deer photos amid emotional debate over Ann Arbor deer cull , Michigan Radio, Feb 2, 2016The fierce opposition led by the Humane Society of Huron Valley (HSHV) to Ann Arbor’s first deer cull continues.
  • Humane Society unable to determine cause of death for deer found in Leslie Park, MLive, Feb 1, 2016The agency was unable to confirm whether the young doe’s death was caused by shooting or whether the deer was killed as a result of being attacked by predators.
    “The city has been very cooperative with the MDNR, who the city believes has authority and jurisdiction over this investigation,” Wondrash said in an email late Monday afternoon. “As a matter of fact, city staff met with the MDNR’s law enforcement division for several hours on site this afternoon. It is our understanding the MDNR personnel were then meeting with the Humane Society.
  • Another Lawsuit Has Been Filed To Stop Ann Arbor’s Deer Cull, WEMU, Jan 28, 2016 A second lawsuit has been filed against the city of Ann Arbor for allowing USDA sharpshooters to kill deer for population control this winter.
  • 16 deer shot in Ann Arbor parks last week, more this week, records show, MLive, Jan 28, 2016“Plaintiff makes no effort whatsoever to assert a particularized injury different from the public at large and there is no harm alleged to the plaintiff herself,” the city attorneys argue. “The state MDNR regulates wildlife in Michigan under the authority of the NREPA. Plaintiff does not own any deer.”

    The city attorneys argue the deer cull is authorized by the DNR and that Daniels has failed to sue a proper party from the state, which the city contends is a necessary party to adjudicate the issues raised in the complaint. Had she joined the DNR in the lawsuit, they argue, she would have heard directly from the attorney general’s office that the DNR validly and legally authorized the cull permit.
  • Ann Arbor facing second lawsuit over deer cull, Jan 27, 2016The new lawsuit — the second against the city over the deer cull — was filed in Washtenaw County Circuit Court and is before Judge Timothy Connors. Connors this week denied Daniels’ initial request for a temporary restraining order seeking to halt the cull, which started earlier this month.
  • Deer cull causes controversy in Ann Arbor, Washtenaw Voice, Jan 19, 2016“This was a two year process,” said Lisa Wondrash, Ann Arbor’s communications director. “The city administrator at the time had been directed to look into deer management options. He presented a report to the city council that included research that had been done and deer management in other communities.”
  • Why ecologists support Ann Arbor’s deer cull, The Bridge, Jan 14, 2016I have discussed the urban deer issue with academic biologists at the University of Michigan, including ecologists, botanists, zoologists, restoration ecologists and landscape architects. We are all in support of city council’s decision to conduct a cull.

    From ecological and conservation perspectives, an ideal deer herd will coexist with a full range of native species. By several measures, Ann Arbor’s herd size has surpassed this threshold. Botanists at the U-M have long noted declines in native plants that deer favor, through decades of observation, and by comparison with landscapes where deer are excluded or managed. In a 2015 study, an ecological team surveyed browsing impacts in Ann Arbor’s Bird Hills Nature Area. They found browsing damage in 80 percent of the tree saplings.
  • U-M biologists support Ann Arbor deer cull, Michigan News, Jan 14, 2016A University of Michigan evolutionary biologist says he and many of his U-M colleagues support the city of Ann Arbor’s plans to kill up to 100 deer this winter, calling the cull “a positive step toward ecological sustainability.”

    U-M botanists have long noted declines in native plants that deer favor, Dick said. In a 2015 study, an ecological team surveyed browsing impacts in Ann Arbor’s Bird Hills Nature Area and found browsing damage in 80 percent of the tree saplings.
  • U-M biologist says Ann Arbor deer cull is ‘positive step toward ecological sustainability’, MLive, Jan 14, 2016In a recent guest commentary in Bridge Magazine, Dick said that he and many of his U-M colleagues — including ecologists, botanists, zoologists, restoration ecologists and landscape architects — support Ann Arbor’s plans to cull up to 100 deer this winter, and bringing in sharpshooters to execute the cull is the is the best method for the job.
  • Biologists support Ann Arbor deer cull, Phys.org, Jan 15, 2016“The Ann Arbor deer cull may not reverse decades of ecological degradation or prevent all diseases,” he wrote. “But with around 150 tons of buds, leaves and flowers that will be spared this year alone, it is a positive step toward ecological sustainability.”
  • Ann Arbor deer kill will likely fail, Detroit Free Press, Jan 14, 2016Any decline in deer numbers will be easily offset in the spring, when a small increase in fawning will result in deer bouncing back to their former level.

      And reaction to article from Cadillac, Michigan

        As a self described wild life biologist, Laura Simon’s disingenous comments about whitetail deer population control in Ann Arbor is both misleading and inaccurate. When an urban whitetail population causes issues with the social/biological habitat carrying capacity of an suburban area, removing sufficient deer numbers by lethal methods is the most effective manner to reduce fawn recrutment rates in the next spring, which keeps the population from expanding geometrically (as deer do) (See Cornell University studies on urban deer).

        It’s important to recognize an agenda, and Ms. Simon certainly has one; protect deer at all costs. She may offer rebuttal that contraception is a viable altenative, however this is expensive and haphazard in nature. She may offer that the deer can be “captured and relocated” (which sounds feasible) until you look at the cost of netting deer and the almost 100% mortality rate of deer that are moved out of their home territory.

        In the end, if an area has a deer population problem, either from a biological point of habitat destruction (See Kaibab Peninsula or Great Neck Swamp examples) or a social human interaction issue, deer must be managed. Wolves used to do that by killing them. It’s part of the predator/prey process, but since there are no wolves in Ann Arbor, there are no predators. Deer reproduce unchecked. Something has to replace the predator. Man is that “something”. You have to kill deer at some point, otherwise you allow them to breed and destroy their own source of food.

        Ms.Simon discusses Wildlife Management 101 as if she really has some knowledge about it. Her letter indicates she doesn’t

    • Federal judge rejects motion to halt deer cull in light of pending lawsuit, Michigan Daily, Jan 13, 2016A legal motion aiming to halt the city’s deer cull was shot down by a federal judge after a court hearing Monday afternoon.
    • Judge says Ann Arbor’s deer shoot can go ahead, for now, NPR, Jan 11, 2016The hearing did not go well for the plaintiff’s attorney, Barry Powers. Judge Tarnow repeatedly criticized Powers, saying he hadn’t prepared, done his research, listened to the other side – nor did he convince the court, Judge Tarnow said, that anyone’s lives or federal rights were in imminent danger.
    • Federal judge denies request to pause Ann Arbor deer cull, MLive, Jan 11, 2016A federal judge has decided not to temporarily halt Ann Arbor’s deer cull while a lawsuit challenging the shooting in city parks plays out.
    • Judge Denies Group’s Motion To Temporarily Stop Deer Cull, Jan 11, 2016Ann Arbor wants to use sharpshooters to reduce the number of deer roaming around green spaces. Officials believe the deer population is out of control. The special hunt has the approval of the state Department of Natural Resources.
    • Judge: Sharpshooters can begin Ann Arbor deer kill, Detroit Free Press, Jan 11, 2016According to the city’s website, the purpose of the deer management program is “to decrease the deer population in Ann Arbor in order to reduce deer-human negative interactions and support biological diversity in natural areas by not placing one species above another.”
    • The Deer Cull: For or Against?, Current, Jan 2016How effective have culls in George Reserve been?
      They have to be regular. The fawn will produce one offspring its first year, and then after that they can produce two to three. So you do have to keep on top of it. There has to be some sustained effort. It’s possible to get the deer down to a smaller amount so the city can try other methods. Right now, they’re not going to work.
    • Tensions mount as Ann Arbor deer cull is set to begin, MLive, Jan 4, 2015The city’s stated goal is to reduce the deer population in order to reduce negative deer-human interactions, such as complaints about damage to gardens and landscaping, and support biological diversity in natural areas.
    • Q&A: Ann Arbor mayor on what’s ahead for the city in 2016, MLive, Jan 3, 2016
    • Group files lawsuit against Ann Arbor in attempt to stop deer shoot, MLive, Jan 2, 2016


    • A Fight Over Deer As Ann Arbor Readies for First-Ever Cull, Michigan Radio, Dec 31, 2015In 2003, Shari Elkort and her husband Richard Wickboldt fell in love with this property close by the Huron River. The yard was thick with mature trees, shrubs and other plants. In the spring and summer, there were wildflowers. Elkort says two herds of deer visit the yard daily for a meal. The branches of mature trees have been browsed up to six feet – the height a buck can reach standing on his hind legs. “We’ve tried everything,” Elkort says, her voice quavering a bit. “We’ve tried deer-resistent plants…..they eat those too.”
      Listen to the Audio here:
    • Sharpshooters must get permission to shoot deer near homes, MLive, Dec 24, 2-15City officials have said shooting would occur from deer blinds, with shots fired downward toward the ground, within an identified list of nearly two dozen city parks and nature areas, a list refined by the City Council this week.
    • Ann Arbor police to enforce deer cull closures; parks to open on weekends, MLive, Dec 18, 201547 parks in Wards 1 and 2 will remain open during the cull. She said the 23 parks were picked based on a list of criteria that included “public safety, size and shape of the city-owned property, terrain, surrounding land-use and housing density, proximity to neighbors, ease of access and attractiveness of the location for deer.”
    • U of M Professor Calls Ann Arbor Deer Cull “Gun Violence”, Deer Michigan, Dec 8, 2015Hunting isn’t “violence.” Hunting or even culling deer with firearms is not “gun violence,” any more than bowhunting is “bow violence,” or earlier hunting was “atlatl violence,” “spear violence,” or “rock violence.” Hunting is hunting. It’s how our species and the ancestors to our species have been obtaining meat for two million years. You’d think an anthropology professor would know that.
    • Ann Arbor council votes 7-3 to scale back park closures for deer cull, MLive, Dec 21, 2015Collins explained the city’s decision to close parks starting at 4 p.m., saying that hour of daylight before 5 p.m. is important from a safety standpoint in making sure parks are cleared and also in terms of the effectiveness of the cull.
    • Some City Parks and Nature Areas to Close 4 p.m. to 7 a.m. for Deer Control Efforts Jan. 1–March 31, 2016, City of Ann Arbor, Dec 17, 2015City staff has heard community concerns and feedback and wants to remind all citizens that the No. 1 priority remains public safety. In light of the information received and in coordination with the USDA-APHIS, one modification to the deer management program is being made. All parks and natural areas will remain open Saturdays and Sundays.​
    • Attempt to recall Ann Arbor council member fails, MLive, Dec 17, 2015The recall attempt comes after Westphal and nine other members of council voted in favor of a deer cull. Sanzotta said in the past that she would attempt to get any council member who voted for the cull recalled.
    • Calling BS on “Stop the Shoot” Propaganda, Deer Michigan, Dec 9, 2015Make no mistake: the opposition to the deer cull in Ann Arbor is a pilot case. The arguments that the animal rights crowd is making here are the same ones that they’ll use to go after deer hunting where you live if they’re successful. They would much rather inject drugs into deer and let them get hit by cars than let you hunt and eat them, or donate the venison to food pantries.
    • Ann Arbor OKs controversial winter deer cull, Detroit Free Press, Nov 6, 2015Ann Arbor officials have decided to allow sharpshooters to cull deer on public land this winter.
    • Ann Arbor council votes 10-1 to hire sharpshooters to kill deer in city parks, MLive, Nov 6, 2015In two separate 10-1 votes Thursday night, the City Council took action to move forward with a cull to address concerns about deer overpopulation.
    • Ann Arbor City Council votes to approve deer cull this winter, WXYZDetroit, Nov 5, 2015“You’re setting a limit of a hundred,” says Gordon Roberts. “If you don’t put limits on this then we can have an effective cull that won’t be shown to be ineffective. I’m not sure that at a hundred you’ll even break even.”
    • Ann Arbor police called to put down 2 deer Tuesday, MLive, Nov 4, 2015Ann Arbor police handled two different calls to residential areas to put down deer on Tuesday.
    • Petersen clarifies position on Ann Arbor deer cull at latest City Council candidate forum, MLive, Oct 12, 2015“I want to clarify that any opposition I have to the cull is merely a personal one,” said Petersen, who has stated she would prefer using nonlethal methods to control the deer population.
    • Frederick County Shotgun Deer Hunting Zone has Changed, Maryland Dept of Natural Resouces, Oct 15, 2015The previous shotgun-only zone was primarily located south of Interstate 70 and did not include the city of Frederick or surrounding area. The new zone is now centered around the city, and the more rural portions of the county south of Interstate 70 are no longer in the shotgun-only deer hunting zone.
    • Humane Society of Huron Valley wants to stop Ann Arbor deer cull , Michigan Public Radio, Oct 15, 2015City Councilmembers are “disappointed” by the misinformation being disseminated by the campaign.

      Westphal praised city staff who conducted deer population aerial surveys and researched non-lethal means of controlling deer populations in cities.

      That research convinced him and others on the council that a cull is the only solution, although the council has also agreed to consider participating in a pilot project trying non-lethal methods.
    • Humane Society’s campaign against deer cull brings contract funding into question, MLive, Oct 11, 2015Westphal said he’s tired of what he views as “fear mongering” coming from the Humane Society. “What’s frustrating is that they are disseminating false information locally, which is confusing citizens and costing council and staff a significant amount of time, which could be more productively used,” he said.
    • Ann Arbor City Council approves 100-deer cull on public land this winter, ClickonDetroit.com, Nov 6, 2015Ann Arbor officials have decided to allow sharpshooters to cull deer on public land this winter.
    • Candidates divided on Ann Arbor’s sidewalk snow-removal rules, MLive, Oct 7, 2015Lumm noted the plan to hire sharpshooters came from the city’s administration, and everyone on council except the mayor supports it. She emphasized the plan was developed with a lot of community input. She acknowledged there were some concerns about an online survey the city used to gauge citizen support for culling. The survey, which was criticized as biased, repeatedly stated that lethal methods are proven to be the most effective option for managing deer, before asking residents whether they supported lethal methods.
    • Ann Arbor marijuana advocate worried people smoking pot in parks could be shot during deer cull, MLive, Oct 6, 2015Warpehoski said he took Gholson’s threats seriously. As he spoke Monday night, he said he was using it as a teaching moment.

      “I think what she was thinking was that, when I saw people with guns outside my house, it would make me realize why the cull was a bad idea,” he said. “But for me, this is a teaching moment. What is the difference between an open-carry protest and a cull? In a cull, we work with highly trained, highly vetted people who observe very rigorous standards for safety and site selection to carry out that activity.

      “In an open-carry protest, we don’t know who’s there, we don’t know how they were trained, and they just show up.” Furthermore, Warpehoski said, the sharpshooters hired to conduct a cull go to great lengths to avoid being noticed.
    • Ann Arbor deer cull controversy becomes election issue in 2nd Ward, MLive, Oct 1, 2015“After studying all the research, and there is a vast array of research on this topic, the only feasible, proven option to address the overpopulation issue in a free-ranging herd was to have an annual cull at this point,” Lumm said. “As we start to reduce the deer density, other management options will become more viable, but right now other nonlethal methods are costly, experimental and not proven.”

      “It is my understanding that the two current council members from each of the five wards support the plan for lethal deer management to begin in 2016, so there is an obvious consensus in city government on this issue despite the mayor’s caution to acknowledge this,” Banet said this week.
    • Ann Arbor enacts citywide ban on feeding deer, MLive, Sept 9, 2015The unanimously approved ordinance now states, “No person may place or permit to be placed on the ground, or less than five feet above the ground surface, any grain, fodder, salt licks, fruit, vegetables, nuts, hay or other edible materials which may reasonably be expected to result in deer feeding, unless such items are screened or protected in a manner that prevents deer from feeding on them. Living fruit trees and other live vegetation shall not be considered as deer feeding.”
    • Non-Lethal Weapon: HSUS’s Failed Deer Fertility Control Plan, Protect the Harvest, Sept 2, 2015The HSUS representatives, after surveying the land and deer patterns [in Ann Arbor], claim that they can effectively sterilize around 65% of the doe population and in the very best of circumstances 85%. When you are talking about hundreds of deer this is, even in the ideal scenario, far below the 95% needed in an urban area as determined by the Cornell study. Yet, the representatives said that this low percentage should be enough to impact the population. You know, because they said so… that’s good enough right?
    • How will Ann Arbor carry out deer culling? City officials explain process, MLive, Aug 25, 2015Specific cull program details, including location, public notifications and specific safety measures taken, will be developed in coordination with the selected sharpshooting contractor, city officials said. It’s expected the culls will take place in city wards 1 and 2, which include the north and east sides of the city [on city property]. The DNR special permit requires the deer to be processed and the venison donated to a local food bank.
      The city also is moving in the direction of instituting a citywide ban on feeding deer, making it a civil infraction. That awaits council approval Sept. 8
    • Eckert: University town does the smart thing, Times Herald, Aug 20, 2015Most communities reject the sterilization option because it’s expensive at $1,200 or more per animal. Each doe is live-trapped and surgically neutered, a not simple or inexpensive project.

      Officials in East Hampton Village, New York, are facing tougher questions than that. There, local activists raised a big bundle of cash and convinced officials to begin a deer sterilization program to fix the village’s white-tail problem. A nonprofit group dropped 114 does with tranquilizer darts and delivered them to veterinarians for neutering. Then the neighbors started finding dead and dying deer — ones with ear tags identifying them as participants in East Hampton Village’s morbid experiment on “nonlethal” deer control. One sterilized doe was pregnant with twins when it died of septic shock. Others died of abdominal infections caused by sloppy surgery.
    • Ann Arbor council votes 8-1 to approve controversial deer cull, Mlive, Aug 17, 2015After more than a year of serious discussions about starting a deer management program, the City Council voted 8-1 early Tuesday morning in favor of a lethal approach, while keeping an open mind about continuing to explore deer fertility control as a future option.
    • Ann Arbor council OKs deer culling measures, Click on Detroit, Aug 17, 2015Interesting coverage- Got it a little wrong.
      See Discussion on option A and C from Aug 17 at http://a2govtv.pegcentral.com/player.php?video=e372bdf4834ca8fe83901fbf36f0e979 starting at 5:19:45.
      Option C “has to be practical and cost effective”… “will defeat itself”
    • Animal rights groups challenging Ann Arbor deer cull ahead of council vote tonight, MLive, Aug 17, 2015A Southfield-based group called Michigan’s Political Action Committee for Animals is opposing culling deer in Ann Arbor.
    • Michigan DNR: 3rd deer has brain-attacking disease, Detroit Free Press, Aug 6, 2015A third free-ranging deer from Meridian Township near Lansing has tested positive for chronic wasting disease.
      DNR wildlife veterinarian Steve Schmitt says hunters should have their deer checked and tested to help determine the spread of the contagious, fatal disease that attacks the brains of infected deer and elk.
    • Don’t Let HSUS Artificially Alter Ann Arbor Deer, Deer Michigan, July 14, 2015HSUS’s solution to artificially sterilize Ann Arbor deer is an unnatural alteration and a waste of free-ranging wildlife belonging to the people of the State of Michigan and managed in trust for us by the professional biologists at the Department of Natural Resources. For all the talk of “Ann Arbor values,” it’s shocking that this city, with a vibrant ecological and environmental community, surrounded by and containing numerous natural areas, would even consider a solution as unnatural as artificially altering the biology of free-ranging wildlife in our community. It points to a fundamental disconnect between people and nature that they don’t understand the interplay of predator-prey relationships in an ecological niche and that humans are a part of that system, not separate and distinct from it.
    • Ann Arbor officials expected to make a decision on deer culling by next month, MLive, July 14, 2015She said what makes Ann Arbor different is it’s an open system, as opposed to a closed system. She also acknowledged the Humane Society has never done a deer fertility control project in a community as large as Ann Arbor.
      “We’re looking for other places that we can test this because we feel strongly that there probably are places that it won’t work,” she said. “We just need to try and test it in enough places so we can determine what the differences are.”
    • East Lansing may have deer strategy by mid-summer, Lansing State Journal, June 7, 2015The deer really are a problem. “They have been a problem for us, and it seems like they are becoming more of a problem for everyone.” While she’s anti-hunting in general, Walton said “I’ve come to understand the need for it.”

      As state-sanctioned sharpshooters began killing deer in neighboring Meridian Township last week after the state’s first confirmed case of a wild deer with chronic wasting disease was discovered there, city staff are evaluating overpopulation, including “lethal” measures. Those could include archery or firearms.
    • Chronic Wasting Disease found in Michigan deer, DNR activating emergency response, MLIVE, May 26, 2015The disease is transmitted through infectious, self-multiplying proteins known as prions. They’re contained in saliva and other body fluids of infected animals. In addition, soil can be contaminated by those body fluids. An animal can live with CWD, and spread it, for years. Affected animals may display abnormal behaviors like weight loss and physical debilitation. There is no cure; the disease is deadly.
    • Michigan confirms first case of CWD in free-ranging white-tailed deer, Michigan DNR sent this bulletin at 05/26/2015 02:01 PM EDT:Press ReleaseThe Michigan departments of Natural Resources (DNR) and Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) today confirmed that a free-ranging deer in Meridian Township (Ingham County) has tested positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD), a fatal neurological disease that affects white-tailed deer, mule deer, elk and moose. This is the first time the disease has been found in Michigan’s free-ranging deer population.
      The disease is caused by the transmission of infectious, self-multiplying proteins (prions) contained in saliva and other body fluids of infected animals. Susceptible animals can acquire CWD by direct exposure to these fluids or from environments contaminated with these fluids or the carcass of a diseased animal. Once contaminated, research shows that soil can remain a source of infection for long periods of time, making CWD a particularly difficult disease to eradicate. Some chronically CWD-infected animals will display abnormal behaviors, progressive weight loss and physical debilitation. There is no cure; once a deer is infected with CWD, it will die.
    • Michigan deer face potential deadly threat of chronic wasting disease, Michigan Radio, May 26, 2015State wildlife officials admit they don’t know where the deer in Meridian Township may have contracted the disease. Genetic testing suggests the deer is from the local area. And it may not be alone.
      “Nobody can say there aren’t others out there,” says Steve Schmitt, veterinarian-in-charge at the DNR Wildlife Disease Lab. “I would expect that this is not the only CWD-positive deer.”
    • Humane Society to assess potential for deer fertility control in Ann Arbor, MLive, May 25, 2015the Humane Society of the United States is now being invited to travel to Ann Arbor to assess the feasibility for conducting a deer fertility control research project here.
      Be sure to note the comments.
    • In Michigan, Lyme Disease is an Emerging Summer Health Danger, Ann Arbor Independent, May 22, 2015Perform daily tick checks. Always check for ticks after being outdoors, even in your own yard. Ticks must usually be attached for at least a day before they can transmit the bacteria that cause Lyme disease, so early removal can reduce the risk of infection.
    • Humane Society lobbying for fertility control instead of shooting deer in Ann Arbor, MLive, May 17, 2015The city’s staff has concluded the deer issues in wards 1 and 2 in Ann Arbor are too large and significant for a costly, experimental and unapproved deer management program like birth control to be explored.
    • City to hold final meeting on Ann Arbor deer issue before report goes to council, Mlive, April 10, 2015Ann Arbor officials are inviting members of the public to attend a third public meeting to discuss options for managing the city’s deer population.
    • About 40 deer killed at Ella Sharp Park during eighth annual deer cull, MLive, March 6, 2015The practice had sharpshooters bag 37 deer and one coyote over four weekends from January to February. Department of Natural Resources officials permitted animal control officers to kill up to 60 deer this season, and an unlimited number of coyotes.
    • Communities grapple with how to control deer, MichiganRadio, Feb 25, 2015
    • See and share photos of deer in neighborhoods throughout Ann Arbor, MLive, Feb 20, 2015What’s been your experience with deer in Ann Arbor? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
    • City conducts helicopter flyover to count Ann Arbor’s deer population, MLive, Feb 13, 2015The city intends to use data from the survey, which is not yet publicly available, to establish a baseline deer population count to assist in the development of a deer management plan.
    • Ann Arbor looking at ways to control deer population, ClickonDetroit.com, Feb 5, 2015Ann Arbor officials are inviting residents to attend a second hearing to address lethal and non-lethal ways of controlling the overpopulation of deer in the area.
    • Our Deer Are Mostly Ann Arborites, Margaret A. Leary, Ann Arbor Observer, Jan 2015Herds now live permanently on the U-M’s North Campus and in the Arboretum, and individual deer have been spotted everywhere from Water Hill to Burns Park. “The great majority of deer you see in the City were born here—they are mostly Ann Arborites,” WC4EB member and landscape architect Chris Graham wrote in an email to the group. “It is our habitat full of food, cover, and no hunting that is immensely appealing and nurturing for them.
    • Oh Deer! Deer Population Management Public Meeting Scheduled for Feb. 5, Ann Arbor Independent, Jan 30, 2015
        The public meeting will include a review of survey highlights, a Q&A with a staff member from the City of Rochester Hills regarding that city’s experience implementing a nonlethal deer management plan. Members of the Washtenaw Citizens for Ecological Balance will present a deer management plan that includes lethal methods.
    • Cull allowed for eighth straight year in Jackson city limits in effort to control urban deer population, MLive, Jan 15, 2015For the second straight year, hunters will bag both deer and coyotes within the city park in an effort to control the city’s urban deer population. City Parks Director Kelli Hoover said the practice is working to effectively manage the deer population, and the maximum number of deer allowed for culling will be limited by the Department of Natural Resources in the coming years. “The practice does seem to work,” Hoover said. “We’re even a model for other cities in the state.”



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    • Eckert: DNR proposes extended deer season for Metro Detroit, Times Herald, June 1, 2017The DNR has proposed an “urban deer management zone” for Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties. It’s a region with too many deer and not enough hunters. Metro Detroit is the most densely populated part of the state and the most thoroughly developed. The DNR wants always wants hunters to manage deer. In places where hunters can’t or won’t manage deer, agencies have to pay a lot of money to hire sharpshooters, which irritates the taxpayers and winds up the people who believe Bambi speaks English.
    • Chronic Wasting Disease found at Mecosta County deer farm, Lansing State Journal, Jan 20, 2017The discovery of chronic wasting disease at a Mecosta County deer farm means state wildlife officials now have to fight the fatal disorder on two fronts. Nine wild deer killed in Ingham and Clinton counties have tested positive for the disease, the DNR said. The mandatory testing zone now includes 17 townships in Clinton, Eaton, Ingham and Shiawassee counties.

      The deer farm where the infected animals lived will be quarantined and depopulated, state officials said. There also will be testing, fence inspections and audits of all deer farms within a 15-mile radius, as well as testing of free-ranging deer in the area.
    • Michigan continues to battle chronic wasting disease, MDNR, Nov 3, 2016Cases of disease fatal to white-tailed deer located in south central Michigan. The discovery of an eighth free-ranging Michigan white-tailed deer with chronic wasting disease this summer was a disappointment to Michigan Department of Natural Resources wildlife officials.
    • Outdoors: TV networks help feed hungry with venison, other wild meats, Detroit Free Press, Oct 29, 2016Tuesday, Outdoor Sportsman Group Networks (Outdoor Channel, Sportsman Channel and World Fishing Network) and Comcast teamed up at the mission to host a Hunt.Fish.Feed dinner for men, women and families experiencing homelessness and poverty.
    • Suspect deer for chronic wasting disease identified in Ingham County, Statewide DNR News, Sept 12, 2016 3.5-year-old buck taken recently in Meridian Township is likely to be the eighth positive and the first discovered since March of this year. The sample is currently being tested by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Veterinary Services Laboratory in Ames, Iowa, to finalize confirmation. “This latest suspect positive reinforces the notion that the disease is still occurring in Meridian Township and perhaps elsewhere,” said Chad Stewart, DNR deer specialist. “We are counting on hunters to bring their deer in for testing so we have a better understanding about the scope of the disease.”
    • New rules to affect deer hunters in mid-Michigan, Lansing State Journal, July 6, 2016The state Department of Natural Resources said hunters in eight more townships will have to submit their deer for testing this fall as it tries to assess the spread of the fatal neurological disease. It also has extended a ban on baiting and feeding deer to Eaton and Ionia counties.

      At the same time, the agency is doing away with a rule preventing drivers from keeping deer killed on the road in the Core CWD Area. Now, anyone who hits a deer in the 17-township core area will be allowed to keep it as long as they get a salvage tag from the state Department of Natural Resources or a police agency and submit the head for testing, the DNR said.
    • Urban Deer Overpopulation and Road Safety, The Patch, April 30, 2016Roughly one out of six insurance claims involves a collision with an animal. The suburban deer population has greatly increased in recent years, and so have the numbers of deer-vehicle crashes (DVCs).
    • Michigan DNR steps up chronic wasting monitoring, Great Lakes Echo, April 29, 2016The full extent of the spread of the disease is not yet known, said Chad Stewart, the DNR’s deer management specialist. “So far we’ve found positive samples from Meridian Township in Ingham (County) to Watertown and DeWitt townships in Clinton County.”
    • Outdoors: To fight chronic wasting disease among deer, we must act now, Detroit Free Press, April 3, 2016CWD-infected deer have been found in Ingham, Clinton counties, making this problem even more dire. When a deer infected by Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) nibbles a plant, the prion infection in its saliva absorbs into the plant’s roots and into the soil, and it emerges again with new sprouts. Should another deer graze that same trail, it will become infected with the fatal neurological disease. And Eaton County definitely is home to CWD.
    • Deer Killed In Clinton County May Have CWD, WILX.com, Dec 31, 2015Watertown Twp., Clinton Co. – The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says a deer killed by a bow hunter earlier this month may have Chronic Wasting Disease.
    • DNR lauds partners in continuing battle against chronic wasting disease, Statewide DNR News, Dec 30, 2015Deer suspected positive for CWD found in Watertown Township; Jan. 12 public meeting set. Earlier this year, Michigan’s first case of CWD in free-ranging white-tailed deer was confirmed in Meridian Township in Ingham County.
    • Bag a deer on the road with your car? Here’s what to do, MLive, Nov 14, 2015The first thing a driver should do is call 911. Genesee County 911 Supervisor Dave Plumb said dispatch will send an officer to the scene of the crash if the driver needs a report, and to make sure the deer isn’t suffering. Plumb said it is up to each municipality to decide how to get rid of the deer
    • DNR: Deer killed in DeWitt Township may have chronic wasting disease, Lansing STate Journal, Nov 13, 2015While DeWitt Township is one of nine townships that make up what the DNR has designated as the CWD Core Area, until now, no wild deer with the disease had been found outside Meridian Township.
    • Deer disease has food banks on edge, Lansing State Journal, Nov 13, 2015All deer harvested within a nine-township core area around Meridian Township must be taken to a check station for testing. And processors who accept deer from the core area are required to isolate those carcasses from other meat.
    • Cull deer to reduce accidents, Detroit News, Sept 25, 2015
        There were 5,557 vehicle-deer crashes in the six Southeast Michigan counties in 2014. For the five-year period 2010-14, Oakland County had the largest average with 1,761. Also, seven of the top 10 communities with the highest five-year averages are in Oakland County. Leading the way is Rochester Hills, which had a five-year average of 145 accidents.
    • Ticks, Lyme disease fears leap in Michigan, Detroit News, Aug 16, 2015“With certainty and with our research in 2010 and 2014 broad statewide surveys, we found these populations of ticks are moving eastward,” said Erik Foster, a medical entomologist with the Michigan Department of Community Health. “We’ve found blacklegged ticks three blocks from my house in Ingham County. I was really surprised; I didn’t expect to see it so soon.”
    • More Deer Venturing Out Of Woods, Into Urban Vistas, CBS Detroit, July 30, 2015The deer are venturing out into urban areas such as downtown Ferndale and even business parking lots in Southfield.

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    Oakland County

    • Farmington Hills approves ban on feeding deer, Oakland Press, June 13, 2017In an effort to control the deer population, the Farmington Hills City Council voted unanimously Monday, June 12, to make it illegal to feed the animals.
    • City of Jackson cancels annual deer cull for 2017, MLink, Feb 1, 2017The program first started in 2008 after an MDNR study showed the deer population in the area was very high, Hoover said. There were also a high number of car crashes due to deer, she added. The city has reduced the number of deer culled in recent years, from 80 to 45. To create a maintenance plan for a deer cull, Hoover will study how various other communities control their deer populations. Prior to 2016, the annual culling saw 583 deer. More than 29,000 pounds of meat from the cull was distributed to area food pantries.
    • Deer in Rochester Hills. YouTube, Jan 1, 2017Watch the video
    • Oakland County, Rochester Hills lead southeast Michigan in deer crashes, WXYZ, Oct 12, 2016The Michigan DNR does estimate the deer herd to be 1.75 million this year. In Oakland County, there were 1,873 crashes, more than 800 crashes higher than any other county in the area. Washtenaw County came in second with 1,062 crashes.
    • Suspect deer for chronic wasting disease identified in Ingham County, Statewide DNR News, Sept 12, 2016 3.5-year-old buck taken recently in Meridian Township is likely to be the eighth positive and the first discovered since March of this year. The sample is currently being tested by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Veterinary Services Laboratory in Ames, Iowa, to finalize confirmation. “This latest suspect positive reinforces the notion that the disease is still occurring in Meridian Township and perhaps elsewhere,” said Chad Stewart, DNR deer specialist. “We are counting on hunters to bring their deer in for testing so we have a better understanding about the scope of the disease.”
    • Royal Oak considers management of deer in cemetery, Detroit News, June 12, 2016Officials are expected to discuss how to best manage about 30 deer roaming through a cemetery near the downtown area.
    • New tick species spreading in Michigan, ClickOnDetroit.com, May 10. 2016The Lone Star Tick, a relatively new tick, is a new addition to Michigan’s tick population. The tick spreads Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Tularemia and can cause tick paralysis. According to Rose Pest Solutions, the tick’s increased activity is likely due to the resurgence in the white-tailed deer and wild turkey.
    • Survey: Rochester Hills deer population down, Oakland Press, Sept 16, 2015
        Results of an aerial survey show the city’s deer population may have declined by nearly 20 percent over 2014. Results from a study by the Traffic Improvement Association of Michigan show there were more than 170 car-deer crashes last year, 97 percent of which resulting in only property damage. There were no severe injuries or fatalities as a result of the crashes.

        Note: There is no indication of what lead to the “decrease in population”: accidents, sickness, bad winter, poor count…
    • Deer hunting season means big bucks for the economy, Detroit Free Press, Nov 12, 2014Some of the economic impact of the active deer season is seen by auto repair shops. AAA Michigan says 1 in 5 crashes in Michigan involve deer and November is among the top months for such crashes. Last year, the auto club says 12 motorists were killed and 1,200 injured in crashes involving deer.
      In 2013, there were more than 49,000 such crashes. Oakland County had the most: 1,800.
      The cost of fixing car damage can easily run into the thousands of dollars. A report last year by State Farm Insurance said the average property-damage cost of deer-car incidents involving its policyholders during the last half of 2012 and the first six months of 2013 was $3,414.
    • Pleasant Ridge is fawning over Baby, an orphan deer, Detroit Free Press, Nov 15, 2014Neither the Michigan Department of Natural Resources nor the Detroit Zoo will take Baby, Magiera said. A few rescue groups have offered to take her, but no one will come to get her, and she hasn’t found a veterinarian that will sedate her in order to move her.
    • Deer wants beer? Rams full-speed into brewery window, MyFox9.com, Oct 30, 2014Employees at Griffin Claw Brewing Company saw the deer running around and started recording. That’s when the deer headed straight toward them, ramming the window at full speed.
    • Deer are on the move in fall, CandGNews.com, Oct 28, 2014A deer-feeding ban remains in place in Rochester Hills, with an ordinance prohibiting the feeding of wild animals other than birds. The ban is intended to reduce the travel patterns of deer from their natural habitat into neighborhoods where feeding stations and bait piles are provided — crossing roads and causing crashes.
      Rochester Hills City Council President Gregg Hooper said he is joining this year’s statistics on deer/car crashes.
      “A deer decided to jump in front of my truck,” he said. “It came out of nowhere. And $6,400 later, it is an issue for insurance companies and everybody here.”
    • Oakland County Top for Deer/Vehicle Crashes: ‘Don’t Veer for Deer,’ AAA Michigan Warns, White Lake Highland Patch, November 12, 2014One in five vehicle crashes in Michigan involves deer, which are especially active during the November rut, or mating season.
    • Oakland County tops in Michigan in car-deer crashes, Oakland Press, Oct 3, 2014In October, Michigan’s 1.75 million deer are more actively moving around, increasing the likelihood car-deer crashes, especially in populated areas with more roads and more miles driven by a larger population
    • Deer remain in crosshairs at area parks According to Oakland County Parks Natural Resources Stewardship Program, overbrowsing can alter the structure and composition of plant communities. The damage to the natural community can be seen by how long it takes the native forage plants to regenerate. Many can require up to 10 years to recover, and that’s only after the deer population is controlled.
    • Deer impales itself trying to jump cemetery gate, Eye Witness News 3, Oct 11,2013The deer was discovered dead early Friday morning by someone working at the cemetery. It’s believed the deer was an eight-point buck and appeared to have been trying to clear the gate when part of its hind quarters caught on a spike.
    • Coyotes Suspected in Attack on Deer in Rochester Hills Man’s Yard, Patch.com, August 13, 2013“I get that they’re part of the food chain and I’m not in favor of ridding Rochester Hills of coyotes,” he said. “It’s a little unnerving there might be a pack of them pretty close to the house and if they don’t eat for a while they might start looking for other things.”
    • Hills deer crashes creeping upward, Rochester Media, Oct 23, 2012Car/deer crashes have dropped significantly in Rochester Hills since the deer herd was decimated by epizootic hemorrhagic disease in 2009. But such crashes were up slightly in 2011, with the city recording the second-highest total in southeast Michigan. Oakland Township was ranked third.
    • Deer herds could devastate Oakland County’s landscape, Detroit News, March 28,2009The reality of this devastation will begin to become very obvious when the population of deer in Rochester Hills exceeds 3,000. Those deer will need to be consuming 15,000 pounds of plant materials each day, and that much food will not be there. By then, the understory of any area of woods will be bare. No new trees will be growing in the woods in Rochester Hills for many decades.



    • Rescued fawn gets splints to correct leg deformities, MLive, June 14, 2017A fawn with deformed front legs received braces from Help 4 Wildlife, a Washtenaw County wild animal rescue organization, and he’ll be returned to the wild when he’s ready.
    • Southfield City Council approves deer monitoring service, C&G News Southfield, May 10, 2017Nature Write will monitor the deer at 10 sites throughout the city over a span of one year, according to council documents. According to council documents, there is currently an average of one deer-related car accident per week in Southfield, and city leaders have been working on a plan for several months to try to combat the issue.
    • Determined Deer Crashes Through Glass Doors Of Michigan Beauty Supply Store (VIDEO), Huffington Post, Nov 28, 2016A determined deer created a few moments of terror — and hilarity — when the animal hurled itself through the glass doors of a beauty supply store in Southfield, Mich.
    • Humbug Marsh deer overpopulation results in limited archery hunting, Voice of Down River, Aug 5, 2016A limited number of archery-only hunting permits are available for 10 antlerless deer hunts within the Humbug Marsh Unit of the refuge. Harvest is limited to antlerless deer only. Selected applicants will be assigned a refuge installed ground-hunting blind.
    • Coyote attack in Canton kills family dog, Detroit Free Press, March 22, 2016A family dog has died after being attacked by a coyote in Canton. The release says similar attacks on family dogs have happened elsewhere in metro Detroit.

      “Coyote sightings have been prevalent across metro Detroit for several years, and unfortunately similar attacks to family dogs have recently been reported in Grosse Ile and Shelby Township,” the release said.
    • Should Humbug Marsh target deer for hunting?, Detroit Free Press, Sept 6, 2015Norwood said the culling is needed to protect the marsh. “They just overbrowse everything,” Norwood said. “They have certain plants that they don’t like to eat. Those plants become super abundant. You have an out-of-balance forest.”
    • Deer culls stir debate in Detroit metro area, USA Today, March 7, 2015It’s a problem across metro Detroit as residents deal with deer, which number about 1.75 million statewide and cause damage to plants and yards and, in many cases, car accidents. There’s also concern among state officials that deer can spread Lyme disease through ticks. Deer thrive in metro areas because “they are adaptable, they’re willing to live around people, and they have no natural predators,” said Tim Payne, who supervises wildlife for southeast Michigan with the state Department of Natural Resources (DNR). “And you’ve got an adequate food base. It’s the same reason coyotes adopt to urban areas.”
    • Deer culls stir debate in Detroit metro area, USA Today, March 6, 2015The DNR has authorized deer culls in recent years in Jackson, Grosse Ile, Hillsdale, Rochester Hills, and Oakland County parks, the DNR’s Payne said. State wildlife officials said deer culls generally are the only viable and legal option. Trapping and relocating the deer cause problems, Payne said. “It causes a lot of stress for the deer,” he said, and could spread disease.

      Payne said contraception and sterilization also are difficult and ineffective methods. The drugs on the market for deer contraception are not approved by the state of Michigan.
    • How to control those deer overrunning Detroit suburbs?, Detroit Free Press, March 7, 2015A recent deer cull in Dearborn approved by the state has sparked a debate over how to deal with deer overpopulation in metro Detroit, where some residents are seeing an increase in deer.
    • Deer cull completed at University of Michigan-Dearborn, Press and Guide, March 3, 2015Joe Robison, a wildlife expert from the Michigan DNR said the purpose of culling the herd is to make sure the animals stay health.
      “There are a lot of of deer out there, by creating a smaller population it will be healthier,” Robison said.
      Now that the cull is completed, meat from the deer will be processed and donated to Gleaner’s Food Bank, as well as Capuchin Soup Kitchen.
    • Hunters kill deer at UM in Dearborn to control their population, Uncover Michigan, Feb 26, 2015“The deer populations are definitely getting larger in urban areas, there are no natural predators in this area and we’re not allowed to hunt. If not managed through a humane means like this, it will continue to grow and the deer will suffer consequences”, said Ken Kettenbeil, a university spokesman.
      Kettenbeil told The Detroit News that deer are being killed in a 300-acre environmental study area, which the university manages. An aerial study conducted last year showed 57 deer in the area; the number had grown to 76 in January 2015.
    • Hunters Called in to Lower Deer Population on U-M Dearborn Campus, WYCD.CBSlocal.com, Feb 25, 2015Aware of the public outcry this killing may cause, university officials say the animals threaten the delicate ecosystem of the university and county park land. “Plant species started to disappear, had severely stunted growth,” Kettenbeil said (via. Freep.com). And there were “invasive species … brought in with the deer.”
      There is also a physical danger which comes with the overpopulation. Deer related car accidents have increased in the Dearborn/Dearborn Heights area since 2013, and there is a potential concern that students could get ticks or Lyme disease from the animals.
    • Hunters bag 14 deer during 1st night of Dearborn cull, Detroit Free Press, Feb 25, 2015The hunt was OK’d Monday night by Dearborn City Council, which voted 5-1 to approve it after previously deciding in December to hold off until the council members received more information. Last week, the Wayne County Commission voted unanimously to approve the hunt.
    • Deer cull approved near University of Michigan-Dearborn, myFOXDetroit.com, Feb 25, 2015The deer are known to have darted into traffic or made their way onto campus, but officials say the bigger concern here is the risk of Lyme disease and ticks for the students touring campus and visiting the preserve area. .
      School officials say no students are in danger during the cull, as the tree stands are in the back of the environmental area and not near the campus. The university is also on its Spring Break this week.
    • Deer cull at UM-Dearborn to shrink growing herd, Detroit News, Feb 25, 2015An agreement with the county calls for the university to maintain the property “in its natural state,” he said. “Because of the increasing deer population, we are unable to do that,” he said. “There are plant species that are being eliminated, invasive species are coming in. … With increased deer population comes increased risk of ticks, which carry Lyme disease.”
    • Deer kill is under way at U-M in Dearborn, Detroit News, Feb 24, 2015Under contract with the university, the sharpshooters plan to reduce the deer population from 76 to about 20-25, said university spokesman Ken Kettenbeil.
    • Effort to control deer population near Michigan school includes hunt, Monroe News, Feb 25, 2015
    • Scheduled Hunt Underway To Curb Deer Population Near U-M Dearborn, CBSDetroit, Feb 25, 2015There have been problems in the area with vehicle crashes involving deer. The recommended number of deer for the area is about five to 10.
    • Sharpshooters Target 50 Deer on U-M Dearborn Campus, The Patch, Feb 24, 2015The first such cull in the university’s history began Tuesday and will continue until the deer population is thinned by about two-thirds.
    • Deer cull underway at University of Michigan-Dearborn campus, ClickOnDetroit, Feb 24, 2015Large populations and we are only going to see more…
    • 7 million drivers, 2 million deer, TCT Times.com, Oct 9, 2014According to an article on bowhunting.com, “U.S. drivers are three times more likely to collide with a deer over the next 12 months than they were over the previous 12.” It continued, “Those odds have climbed to 1 in 169 drivers and nearly double during the deer breeding months of October, November, and December.”


    Livingston County

    • Officials: Lyme disease case confirmed in Michigan, WZZM13.com, May 13, 2017LIVINGSTON COUNTY, MICH. – Livingston County health officials say a deer tick carrying Lyme disease was discovered by a county resident last week, and they are warning residents to take steps to prevent tick bites. “It’s much safer for everyone to assume that it is in every part of the county, especially because the ticks this year are going to be worse than last year. The environmental conditions over winter made it really ideal for ticks,” Moxlow said.
    • Report: Howell man killed in motorcycle vs. deer crash, MLive, Oct 8, 2015Clark Taylor Higdon, 62, was operating his Harley-Davidson motorcycle with his passenger, Robin Suzanne Howell, on E. Coon Lake Road around 7:50 p.m. when a deer collided with his motorcycle close to Pinckney Road


    Genesee County


    Macomb County

    • Two coyotes crash through window of suburban Detroit home, MLive, Jan 18, 2017While there have been suspicions that coyotes might be responsible for a couple outdoor cats that have come up missing, Couch said there was never any proof. Macomb County Animal Control Chief Jeff Randazzo said there is typically an uptick in coyote sightings this time of year. January through March is mating season and a time when they’re more active.
    • Deer wreaks havoc inside Mt. Clemens home, Detroit Free Press, Nov 4, 2015The bedroom of a 12-year-old girl is covered with feces, urine and blood from the six-point buck that was corralled in her room.

      A six-point buck, possibly 4 or 5 years old, jumped through the family’s front picture window and was eventually kicked in the head by Courtney’s older sister, Taylor, 17, before being corralled in Courtney’s room.
    • Deer locked in bedroom after barging into Mt. Clemens home, ClickonDetroit.com, Nov 3, 2015The deer entered the house through the front picture window. It took off down the hallway and eventually barged into a bedroom, trampling over everything in its path and leaving blood all over the place.
    • Vehicle/deer crashes increase in Macomb County, Macomb Daily, Oct 3, 2014The average cost of damages resulting from a car-deer crash is $2,200, based on surveys of insurance companies around the state. That amounts to approximately $130 million a year in Michigan. But the number of car crashes with deer, and their costs, could be underestimated. “Coverage is under the comprehensive portion of the policy and that’s optional coverage,” Conarton said.


    Ingham/Lansing/East Lansing

    • EL prepares to analyze latest deer data , WKAR, Nov 22, 2016In East Lansing, though, there’s a different perspective. Municipal employees and some volunteers have been busy this month counting the number of deer in the city. The data helps manage the deer population and control the environmental impact of deer.
    • Michigan expands deer chronic wasting disease test zone, Detroit Free Press, May 20, 2016The area has been enlarged from nine townships to 17 in Clinton, Eaton, Ingham and Shiawassee counties. Successful hunters in the area will be required to take their deer to a DNR check station for testing.
    • Deer Cull Talks Continue, EastLansingInfo.org, Feb 23, 2016East Lansing’s City Council is set tonight to continue discussion of a possible deer cull in two City parks. In response to questions from Council members, City staff has prepared answers to questions about deer sterilization, whether organized kills will really reduce local populations, and whether it is possible to put reflectors on deer to reduce deer-car accidents. Tonight’s meeting could see a vote on an ordinance that would allow the culls to occur.
    • Outdoors: To fight chronic wasting disease among deer, we must act now, Detroit Free Press, April 3, 2016When a deer infected by Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) nibbles a plant, the prion infection in its saliva absorbs into the plant’s roots and into the soil, and it emerges again with new sprouts. Should another deer graze that same trail, it will become infected with the fatal neurological disease. And Eaton County definitely is home to CWD. With the recent discovery of two more deer infected with CWD in Ingham and Clinton counties, Michigan faces what certainly will become a generational battle, destined to turn our deer management topsy-turvy.

      “Studies show that once it gets to 10% of the population, it escalates to 50% very quickly,” Mason said. “Then the population declines fairly rapidly and becomes noticeable. We need to act now.”
    • Michigan confirms new CWD-positive findings; total is now seven deer, Michigan DNR Bulletin, March 18, 2016One of the newly confirmed CWD-positive deer is a 9-month-old male from Meridian Township (Ingham County), and the other is a 2 ¾-year-old female from Watertown Township (Clinton County).
      The intensive removal of deer in these areas has a two-part benefit. One, it helps us understand prevalence rates and spread so we can make informed decisions on disease management moving forward; and two, by removing individual deer around areas with known disease occurrence, it reduces the potential for spread and accumulation in our deer herd, which has benefits not only locally, but on the periphery of the management zone as well.
    • In Michigan, looking for deer in all the wrong places, Detroit Free Press, Nov 12, 2015But the hunters are not always where the deer are. While many head north to hunt, deer herds are larger and the animals are bigger downstate, and hunters who hunt in the southeastern Lower Peninsula say they are the most satisfied with their hunting experience. Hunters also bag more deer in the southern Lower Peninsula.
    • Mandated Deer Kills Move to East Lansing, WILX.com, Oct 20, 2015Meridian Township has a chronic wasting disease problem – and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources says East Lansing will have to control its deer population to keep the disease at bay. Using deer-resistant plants and fencing didn’t do enough. The city also passed an ordinance in the spring banning feeding deer. “One of the things that will draw deer into a neighborhood and cause problems in people’s yards is to have your neighbor feeding the deer,” DeShambo said. “Of course they’re going to want to wander into your yard as well.”
    • East Lansing considering deer kill, Lansing State Journal, Oct 1, 2015Officials appear ready to take stronger measures to thin out the deer population within city limits in light of the spread of chronic wasting disease in neighboring Meridian Township.
    • Chronic Wasting Disease a new normal for deer hunters?, Lansing State Journal, Sept 2, 2015The glimmer of hope in all this is that the three deer that have tested positive so far were part of the same extended family, and all were found within a one-mile radius of the Haslett Road-Marsh Road intersection. Let’s hope that the problem is, indeed an isolated one, and that the DNR’s actions are not too late.
    • Town hall meeting Aug. 27 in Meridian Township to discuss CWD efforts – DNR needs help from hunters, MI DNR Press Release, August 21, 2015“We are excited to talk to area hunters and other concerned citizens about the disease, itself, and how they can help be part of the solution,” said Stewart. “We need to have hunters out in the area harvesting deer so we can assess the prevalence and geographic distribution of the disease.”
    • DNR confirms third deer positive for CWD; hunter participation critical this fall, DNR Bulletin, Aug 6 2015“The good news is that all three deer came from the same small area.” Genetic analyses carried out by Michigan State University’s Molecular Ecology Laboratory indicate that all three positive animals were related as part of an extended family.
    • Suburban location produced sick deer, Michigan Outdoor News, June18, 2015Corzine lives in a middle class subdivision in Ingham County’s Meridian Township with tree-lined paved streets, brick ranches and tri-level homes.

      Little did Corzine know that the loss of fear of humans was an early symptom of chronic wasting disease, a highly contagious and deadly disease that the deer was carrying. Chronic wasting disease is a contagious, always-fatal, neurological disease that affects cervids – deer, elk and moose.

    • Midnight Snipers Fighting CWD, WJIMAM.com, May 27, 2015In the wake of Chronic Wasting Disease or CWD being confirmed in a wild Michigan deer, the Department of Natural Resources is moving quickly to implement an emergency plan it’s had for in place years but hoped to never use. The emergency management plan is aggressive and will likely change the dynamics of the deer population in the state for generations to come.
    • Michigan confirms first case of CWD in free-ranging white-tailed deer, Michigan DNR sent this bulletin at 05/26/2015 02:01 PM EDT:Press ReleaseThe Michigan departments of Natural Resources (DNR) and Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) today confirmed that a free-ranging deer in Meridian Township (Ingham County) has tested positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD), a fatal neurological disease that affects white-tailed deer, mule deer, elk and moose. This is the first time the disease has been found in Michigan’s free-ranging deer population.
      The disease is caused by the transmission of infectious, self-multiplying proteins (prions) contained in saliva and other body fluids of infected animals. Susceptible animals can acquire CWD by direct exposure to these fluids or from environments contaminated with these fluids or the carcass of a diseased animal. Once contaminated, research shows that soil can remain a source of infection for long periods of time, making CWD a particularly difficult disease to eradicate. Some chronically CWD-infected animals will display abnormal behaviors, progressive weight loss and physical debilitation. There is no cure; once a deer is infected with CWD, it will die.
    • Fatherhood, family illness top concerns for MSU’s Forbes, Detroit Free Press, March 25,2015His sister’s Lyme disease flared up again — Erin, who is now 30 and lives in Lansing, was diagnosed with the disease in her early 20s. “It takes a toll on you in reality. It’s exhausting,” Forbes said of his sister. “She can’t really work. She’s gone through a lot of surgeries and things like that to try and help her. She goes through some spurts where she’s doing really good, and then she struggles a little bit. It just changes.”
    • How to control those suburban deer?, Lansing State Journal, March 7, 2015It’s a problem across metro Detroit as residents deal with deer, which number about 1.75 million statewide and cause damage to plants and yards and, in many cases, car accidents. There’s also concern among state officials that deer can spread Lyme disease through ticks.
    • Meridian Township, Michigan Sees Suburban Deer Harvest Success, Wide Open Spaces, Feb 1, 2015In Meridian Township, Michigan, deer have been plaguing locals for years, causing roadway accidents, destroying yards and digging up gardens. Their numbers out of control.
      But the Michigan Department of Natural Resources began a program four years ago that has finally started to pay off, this year showing numbers in decreased auto-deer accidents.
      The deer harvest is a volunteer program and allows hunters to use bow and arrows only on a very specific schedule and allows them to keep one deer for themselves, and donate the rest to food banks. Last year over 1,500 pounds of venison was donated in the state.
    • Meridian Township Deer Harvest, WLNS.com, Jan 13, 2015It is a managed harvest to control over-population. Some land owners have been matched with a hunter and between October and December, 150 deer were brought in. Official say the program was so successful it has been extended through February.
    • Meridian Township Deer Management Reports Success, Jan 12, 201550 deer were harvested during the 2014 Meridian Deer Harvest. This number exceeds last year’s total of 127 deer and makes this the most successful year in the program’s four year history. Volunteers were allowed to keep one deer. All remaining deer were donated to the hungry through local
      food banks. Michigan Sportsmen Against Hunger generously provided funding for the processing fee, which lead to 1,500 pounds of venison donated through the program.
    • E.L. continues conversation about deer population in the city, StateNews, Nov 5, 2014 In 2011, the city conducted an online survey asking residents how concerned they were about the presence of deer in the city and the safety issues having deer around can bring to residents.
      According to the city of East Lansing’s survey summary, 60 percent of the 245 respondents reported to have some type of concerns about the deer population in the city — 68 percent of the respondents reported to have concerns about the safety threats that deer can impose on residents, such as car accidents involving the four-legged animals.
    • Meridian Township Takes Unique Approach to Deer Management, MUCC, Sept 29, 2014The managed hunt is NOT open to the general public and only about 70-75 approved, qualified, competent and experienced deer hunters will be allowed to access Township property for the managed harvest. The hunt is open to archery use only, though nearby private properties can still use firearms on their own property.
    • Meridian Township hosts another deer harvest this fall, Sept 12, 2014Meridian Township continues to receive numerous complaints of deer over-population that have resulted in an increase of damage to landscaping, an increase in reports of vehicle/deer accidents, concern for public health and a disruption to the ecological balance of natural areas.
    • Deer Encroachment and Damage in East Lansing Neighborhoods, EastLansingInfo.org, Aug 21, 2014City of East Lansing is currently addressing the deer problems via a feeding ban ordinance, but to date has no formal deer management plan. Damages to private properties for some neighborhood residents are reported by them to be in the thousands of dollars.
    • Meridian Township Looking To Expand Deer Hunt, WILX.com, Aug 19, 2014Overpopulation of white-tailed deer is causing problems in the area, from ecological damage to car-deer collisions. Last year there were 180 of those accidents in the township.
    • Bucks, Does Invade City, Businesses, Residents, Windstar Wildlife Institute, Nov 2010“The only way to manage the deer population is through lethal control–but that’s much tougher to do inside of city limits,” the DNR’s Clute said. It would be up to Lansing to tell the department about its deer problem, Clute said. He added that it’s possible the DNR could work with the city to hire sharpshooters to kill some of the animals.
      “But we could only do this if the city decided to waive their discharge ordinance,” Clute said. “And if they do that, it’s very time-consuming and expensive to kill them. There are no easy answers.” Clute said the primary means of thinning the herd is also the most unpleasant.
      “It’s quite unfortunate that the major lethal control in cities are vehicles.”





    • Deer smashes through window, runs over desk while employee works at Midland hospital, MLive, April 12, 2015The “wall of windows” next to her had a four-foot wide hole in it. She thought it may have been caused by a baseball until she exited her office and saw the deer going down the hallway. Brookens went back to her desk and saw glass and fur scattered in the area, calling security as she heard the deer “crashing into things” down the hall. The animal made its way out on its own through a set of double doors, about two minutes after it entered the building. She said the deer appeared to be unhurt. She said wildlife is not uncommon on the hospital campus, with walking paths and wooded areas. This is a first time a deer has been inside the building, she said.



    • Deer runs amok in furniture store, causes $50K in damage, Mlive, July 27, 2017A young adult doe which broke through a furniture store window Thursday morning, July 27, and became trapped within caused an estimated $50,000 worth of damage due to broken and bloodied merchandise, store owners said. The roughly three-hour ordeal ended with Department of Natural Resources officers tranquilizing the deer and transporting it from Godwin’s Furniture & Mattress, 6225 State, for evaluation.
    • Man dies in Saginaw County motorcycle-deer crash, Detroit Free Press, Aug 17, 2014



    • Michigan Biggby closed after deer smashes through front window, MLive, Oct 27, 2017KALAMAZOO, MI – A Michigan coffee shop is closed after a deer smashed through its window and wreaked havoc on the interior. Employees described the impact as sounding like a gunshot, Cousins said. Once inside, the deer entered the lobby and eventually jumped the cash register counter before making its way to the back of house and collapsing.
    • Portage Wants To Control Huge Deer Population, WMUK.com, April 13, 2016The City of Portage is trying to decide what to do about its deer problem. The Portage Environmental Board will hold a public meeting about the issue Thursday night at 7 p.m. in Portage City Hall. The meeting will include a presentation by a Kalamazoo Christian High School class.
    • Portage studying what to do about rising deer population, MLive, March 17, 2016They found 957 tracks, and using a formula provided by the DNR estimated the deer herd at about 2,400. They found the heaviest density of deer – called areas of conflict.

      The problems in Portage have increased, the students’ survey concludes, because Portage has a lot of open land, including 17 parks and the Gourdneck State Game Area; people are feeding the deer; and Portage does not allow hunting in the city other than the state-controlled game area, which results in an unmanaged deer population.
    • One man dead after two cars hit the same deer, WWMT.com, Dec 27, 2015Kalamazoo County Deputies said that one man is dead after two cars hit the same deer and one car hit a power pole on G Ave on Sunday. The deer smashed through the Buick’s windshield, causing the driver, a 32 -year-old from Battle Creek, to lose control, roll over, hit a power pole killing the driver.
    • Southwest Michigan’s deer herd fine in deep snow, competition reduced by 2012 disease, MLive, Feb 6, 2014
    • Culling deer herds humane solution, Mining Gazette.com, Aug 14, 2008Culling deer herds is the most humane solution. It seems like a contradiction to suggest that killing deer would be kind.
      But consider the carnage on countless Michigan roadways and it’s clear that there are too many deer in Michigan, especially southern Michigan.
      It also means disease for deer, an increased exposure for humans to the diseases they carry and, ultimately, slow starvation for deer herds in the winter.



    • Woman dies after deer ricochets off car, strikes hers, Detroit Free Press, Nov 21, 2017Authorities say a western Michigan woman died after a car hit a deer, it flew into the air and struck the windshield of her vehicle.
    • Teen killed in crash involving deer identified by officials, MLink, Nov 15, 2017Elana Nhu Tran, 18, of Gaines Township, died at the scene of the crash after a deer struck the windshield of her 1994 Lexus, causing her to lose control and skid into another vehicle before the Lexus came to rest on its roof.
    • Q&A: 13 chronic wasting disease questions answered by DNR, MLive, Nov 1, 2017Are there any signs that you can look for? The clinical signs of CWD include: Emaciation, lack of coordination, dropping head/ears, excessive drooling, excessive drinking, excessive urination, and dull or ragged hair. Straka said also to keep in mind CWD’s prolonged incubation period, which is an average of 18 months.
    • Woman with tickborne Lyme disease now warning others, WoodTV.com, May 26, 2017Health officials say if you find a tick on your body, remove it quickly. The best method is slip tweezers, grasp the tick firmly and as close to the skin as possible and pull it off in a steady motion. Cleanse the area with antiseptic. Don’t use peppermint oil or a flame, which can irritate the tick and possible cause it to regurgitate whatever disease it has into you.
    • Woman attacked by injured 10 point buck in West Michigan, Thumbnet, Nov 18, 2015 A woman was attacked by an injured buck in the Grand Rapids area. When the deer lunged at Hoekstra, she says she grabbed its antlers and threw it on the ground, but the animal thrashed until it had her pinned. Hoekstra struggled with the deer for about 30 minutes until backup arrived. A firefighter held down the buck while a sheriff’s deputy killed it.
    • Lyme disease cases in Michigan increasing, WoodTV.com Grand Rapids, July 17, 2015In 2014, there were 30 reported cases of Lyme disease in Michigan. This year there has already been 48 cases in the state, according to the Kent County Health Department. Four cases have been reported in Kent County so far this year compared to five in 2014. However, health officials say in the past they have only seen one case a year.
    • Lyme disease concern in West Michigan, Fox17online.com, April 27, 2015The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has identified 18 counties in lower Michigan, including most counties in West Michigan, as having infected populations of ticks with Lyme disease. It’s caused by a bacteria that is transmitted by the tick when it bites.
    • Blandford Nature Center plans three hunts for fall as deer damage shrubs, native flora MLive, July 21, 2011Steinman knows the deer are there. This year’s crop of trillium disappeared within a week of blooming. Steinman hasn’t seen much of the adults, but the young fawns are evident as are the places they all bed down. Which is why Steinman recently announced the center once again will hold a managed fall deer hunt on the property.





    • Crews respond to deer vs. bike accident on U.S. 12, Hillsdale Daily News, April 15, 2016 Shortly after 3 p.m. on April 15, emergency crews from the Michigan State Police, Jonesville Fire Department and Reading Emergency Unit responded to a report of a motorcyclist striking a deer on U.S. 12 near Half Moon Lake Road. The motorcyclist appeared to have been travelling eastbound on U.S. 12 when she came in contact with the deer, killing the deer. The woman suffered serious injuries and was transported by REU to Hillsdale Hospital for treatment.
    • City receives grant monies from HCCF for deer culling project, Hillsdale Daily News, Nov 13, 2011
    • Deer overrun Hillsdale, Detroit Free Press, Feb 21, 2010In the 1990s, Mike Mitchell was the city manager in Roscommon, an Up North town at the heart of the annual fall deer hunting mania. But he says that he never really saw large deer numbers until he moved 200 miles south to Hillsdale, near the Ohio border.



    • Deer runs through western Michigan medical office, Detroit Free Press, Oct 14, 2017Medical assistant Marcia Jones tells the Grand Haven Tribune she was preparing to give a 61-year-old woman a flu shot when the deer came crashing through a window. Jones says she left the examining room and the buck followed her out.
    • DNR approves plans for deer population control in Grand Haven, Grand Haven Tribune, March 01, 2017The city’s permit application to the DNR noted an increase in deer/car crashes, citizen complaints and cases of Lyme disease in Ottawa County, as well as concern for forest regeneration due to damage from deer. The application also noted that an estimated 30 deer per square mile caused the damage.
    • Deer cull approved by Grand Haven city council, WZZM, Nov 22, 2016The approved resolution cites an increase in the numbers of car/deer crashes, the current number (30) of deer per square mile exceeds the level established by the 2008 Urban Deer Management Plan of 28, eight reported human Lyme disease cases in Ottawa County exceeds the threshold of six cases in a prior year, and overgrazing on dunes has degraded the environment and spread invasive species as reasons for a cull.
    • 70-plus petition signatures collected toward Grand Haven deer cull, WZZM Grand Haven, March 29, 2016 In Grand Haven, there’s a new call for action to manage the city’s deer population. This month, organizers turned in dozens of petition signatures in support of a deer cull. The same issue caused a controversy back in 2009, when the city hired sharp shooters to kill the deer.
    • Deer plan delays the inevitable “Bambi” is a great book and animated cartoon. The belief that Bambi goes on to live a beautiful life with his woodland friends, however, is not exactly based in reality., Grand Haven Tribute, Dec 2, 2013By culling the herd in a safe, deliberate and effective manner, we could also donate the meat to help stock the refrigerators of our neighbors who have fallen on hard times. This could be a case of two birds with one stone.

      It’s time for our council to bite the bullet on this one and make the tough call. They’re never going to make everyone happy, but that’s the nature of the job.


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    • Deer/vehicle crashes likely to increase in coming weeks, The Hastings Banner, Dec 17, 2014One in every five motor vehicle crashes in Michigan involves deer. With one of the two most dangerous months for deer crashes here — October and November — a traffic safety coalition is unveiling a new video aimed at deer crash safety messages for young people.

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