Washtenaw County

Lyme Disease in Washtenaw County, Washtenaw.org, 2020Washtenaw County is now confirmed as an area where Lyme disease can be transmitted. Lyme disease is spread by the bite of an infected blacklegged tick.

Note: Case numbers reflect individuals who met the CDC criteria for Confirmed and Probable case classification for Lyme disease. In 2017, a Suspected classification was added. Lyme transmission was confirmed in Washtenaw County in 2016.
*These counts are preliminary and subject to change.

Opponents of Ann Arbor deer cull schedule pair of protests. MLive, Jan 6, 2020January’s deer cull in Ann Arbor is facing at least two organized protests. The Friends of Ann Arbor Wildlife in Nature, or FAAWN, have scheduled a pair of demonstrations, said the organization’s spokeswoman Cathy Shafer.
2020 Deer Management Implementation Plan

Data tool using GIS maps that can display in layers: deer count, crashes

Deer Management 2017 Report and Survey Results Available, Ann Arbor Community Services, June 27, 2017Results

From Facebook, May 18, 2017, Abigal Way, Ann Arbor MI 48103
Holly just got home from her annual visit to the Vet. I was surprised to learn her blood work revealed a tick-borne disease other than Lyme disease: anaplasmosis. Ticks, a pox on you! It is on the rise here in tick country so, my dog-loving friends, I share this info. This is especially surprising since in the three years I have had Holly, to my knowledge I have never seen a tick on her! Little creeps. She is asymptomatic, so I just need to watch it for now.

11 city parks, Nichols Arboretum to close for Ann Arbor deer cull, MLive, Jan 6, 2016he 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.

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.

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.

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.

Winter 2017 Deer Management Planning Efforts, City of Ann Arbor, Oct 14, 2016This memorandum provides an update and establishes expectations for the development of the City’s
upcoming Winter 2017 Deer Management Plan

City of Ann Arbor Deer Count Increases Over Previous Year, City of Ann Arbor, Feb 22, 2016The City of Ann Arbor completed an aerial survey of the
deer population on February 18, which resulted in 202 deer counted. The last survey conducted in March 2015, counted 168 deer.

The above map is a combination of 7 different maps showing and describing deer sightings, dead deer, deer accidents, deer damage, fawns seen, and incidentals, like coyotes, seen plus the two aerial surveys. We have created a new map for 2016. To report information for this new map, please contact [email protected]. Provide good location coordinates and description of what you are reporting.


Ann Arbor Deer Management Report 8-14-2014

Ann Arbor OKs $20K to Create Deer Plan

Read more in the August 18, 2014 Ann Arbor Chronicle at annarborchronicle.com/2014/08/18/ann-arbor-oks-20k-to-create-deer-plan/comment-page-1/#comment-324384

8/17/2015– Aug 17 City Council Meeting
7/13/2015– July 13 City Council Meeting
4/16/2015–April 16 Deer Management meeting

2/5/2015– View the video of the Feb 5th meeting.

8/18/2014- View the video of the meeting.

9/8/2014- Tracy Grogan’s comments is at 01:51:00–01:54:16 on the video of the Council meeting. He spoke in the Public Comment period at the end of the meeting.


    the topic of deer control starts at minute 14:00 and goes through 25:50; the clip that captures the Council’s deer management resolution discussion and vote starts at 02:35:41 and ends at 02:50:30


Deer Browse at the Leonard Preserve Sept 13, 2014
You can see the difference between fenced in area and that available to deer.

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