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January 2019

Ann Arbor officials divided on taking legal action against deer cull protesters, MLive, Jan 8, 2018Lumm proposed having the city attorney’s office investigate the actions of the protesters and “take any and all appropriate responsive actions, including issuance of citations and the filing of lawsuits seeking an injunction or such other relief that the city attorney determines appropriate.”
After debating the issue, the City Council voted 6-5 Monday night, Jan. 7, to reject a proposal by Council Member Jane Lumm, who believes protesters are violating state law by going to places where hunting is taking place and interfering with the cull.

Ann Arbor deer cull draws protesters on first day, MLive, Jan 3, 2019Ann Arbor police were called and two police cars responded, telling the protesters that by state law they weren’t allowed to interfere with the cull. The protesters also encountered a private security officer.

Ann Arbor begins fourth annual deer cull, NPR, Jan 2 2019The city monitors the success of the deer management plan through browse damage to trees and plants. “We’re not there yet, but we’re getting there, it looks like, from the deer counts. And we may well be headed in the right direction, which is very good news,” says Banet.
The city also continued its deer sterilization program, but this year it completed those operations earlier, for better weather. Six female deer were sterilized and released in November. The City of Ann Arbor says that venison harvested from the cull will be donated to a local food pantry.

10 things to know about the Ann Arbor deer cull starting today, MLive, Jan 2, 2019Ann Arbor is kicking off the new year with its fourth-annual deer cull starting today, and city officials have a goal of killing up to 150 deer this month. City-hired sharpshooters from Connecticut-based White Buffalo Inc. are carrying out the cull using rifles on both public and private lands.

December 2018

Study shows increase of Lyme disease in dogs, VeterinaryPracticesNews, Dec 28, 2018
The condition in canines is rising in states traditionally not considered to be high-risk, suggesting human endangerment may also be increasing in these areas. That’s according to a new study by the Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC), which analyzed more than 16 million Lyme test results taken on domestic dogs in the country, aggregated by county and month.

The Deadly Proteins Stalking Deer, Science Friday, Dec 21, 2018In deer, the prion that causes Chronic Wasting Disease will stay undetected for years before a deer suddenly stops eating and begins to waste away. Always fatal, the infection spreads from deer to deer, and even lurks in soil—and it’s reaching new parts of the U.S. and the world every year.

As many as 100 deer likely to be harvested in planned Eagle Creek deer hunt, IndyStar, Dec 20, 2018The city’s Indy Parks and Recreation department has called for another round of hunts at the park on Indianapolis’ northwestside. This will be the fourth hunt since 2014, and as many as 100 deer are likely to be harvested. More than 500 deer have already been harvested during the three previous hunts. But wildlife experts say the numbers are still too high — as much as 10 times what they should be — with the deer destroying habitat for other animals and devastating the parks’ plant life.

Deer in Ann Arbor safe to eat, PFAS not a concern, officials say, MLive, Dec 13, 2018Meat from Ann Arbor’s upcoming deer cull may go to local food banks to feed the needy. City officials have received an answer from state officials regarding concerns about the risk of PFAS contamination in local venison and the verdict is that deer in Ann Arbor are safe to eat.

Bill freezing deer sterilization permits heads to Snyder’s desk, MLive, Dec 13, 2018Ann Arbor’s current permit allows sterilizing up to 80 deer and, after the last round of sterilizations in November, the city is now up to 78 female deer that have had their ovaries surgically removed over the last two years, so it could only do two more under the current permit. Ann Arbor is making plans to kill up to 150 more deer in January during the city’s fourth-annual deer cull. Ann Arbor’s current permit allows sterilizing up to 80 deer and, after the last round of sterilizations in November, the city is now up to 78 female deer that have had their ovaries surgically removed over the last two years, so it could only do two more under the current permit.

Naturalist gives tips on how to deal with ‘wild neighbors’, C&, Dec 5, 2018“Deer, by far, have become the most difficult wildlife problem in our city,” DeVoe said during the presentation. “I keep thinking that there has to be a correction at some point, because our city is not what I would call an ideal white-tailed deer habitat, and it shouldn’t be able to keep as many deer as we have here healthy, but unfortunately, that correction hasn’t happened yet.”
Anytime there’s an overabundance of deer in a suburban area, the risk for deer-related car crashes increases. Although Rochester Hills saw a slight dip in deer-related car crashes last year, dropping from 176 in 2016 to 161 in 2017, DeVoe said the city still leads the state in deer-related car accidents.

Lyme disease, Mayo Clinic, Dec 5, 2018Lyme disease is caused by four main species of bacteria. Borrelia burgdorferi and Borrelia mayonii cause Lyme disease in the United States, while Borrelia afzelii and Borrelia garinii are the leading causes in Europe and Asia. The most common tick-borne illness in these regions, Lyme disease is transmitted by the bite of an infected black-legged tick, commonly known as a deer tick. The best way to prevent Lyme disease is to avoid areas where deer ticks live, especially wooded, bushy areas with long grass. You can decrease your risk of getting Lyme disease with some simple precautions. You’re more likely to get Lyme disease if you live or spend time in grassy and heavily wooded areas where ticks carrying Lyme disease thrive. It’s important to take common-sense precautions in tick-infested areas.

DNR plans 2 December deer hunts to manage wasting disease, MPR, Dec 4, 2018The Department of Natural Resources plans two special deer hunts this month aimed at limiting the spread of chronic wasting disease in wild deer in southeastern Minnesota. The agency says it’s acting quickly to contain the fatal deer disease while it is concentrated in one geographic area. Reducing deer numbers will help lower densities and remove infected animals from southeastern Minnesota.

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Report: Deer crashes up in Michigan, down nationwide, WILX, Oct 4, 2018Michigan moved up to No. 8 on the nationwide list, with a one-in-80 chance of hitting a deer with your car. It was one-in-85 a year ago. According to State Farm, nearly 88,000 deer claims were reported between July 1, 2017, and June 30, 2018. The number of crashes reported in our state rose from 46,870 in 2016 to 50,949 in 2017. Not all insurance claims are accompanied by a crash report, hence the different numbers.

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