The Ann Arbor City Council approved a call for the City Administrator to develop a Deer Management Plan. A Deer Management Report–not a plan– was presented on August 14, 2014.
The RFP was sent out and the contract was awarded to Project Innovations out of Farmington Hills, MI.
Check out our blog for more information.
Please read the report and, if you are moved to do so, send your comments on the deer plan and deer situation to Mayor Hieftje and City Council: EMail Mayor and Council To include the three new members of the next Council, add [email protected], [email protected], [email protected]
Your messages to local officials are still very much needed to motivate serious consideration of this issue. There are elected leaders who do not accept that there is a serious problem of deer overabundance and there are also officials who think that the public would rather not accept or want to pay for any steps that might actually solve the problem.
The new City report denies that there is deer damage in its own parks and natural areas. The report doesn’t present the rapid unchecked growth of the deer population as a threat, and doesn’t mention that the deer invasion of residential areas within the city of Ann Arbor is a relatively new phenomenon. The deer haven’t “always been here” as some residents are claiming and at the heart of the issue is the fact that there are more and more of them and there will be still more due to rapid reproduction cycle and no predators, no hunting.
A resolution is before our City Council. If the resolution is passed it will initiate a process that solicits additional citizen input. There will be more emails to write, meetings to attend, calls to make…
Please send City Council and County governments an email with your thoughts about the urban deer population, positive or negative, and any concerns about the ecological, environmental, financial, or personal problems you’ve experienced.
Thanks for visiting our site and sending your thoughts along to the City Council and Mayor.
Here’s contact info for City officials:
To email the Mayor and all members of City Council with one message, use this link.
Or email them individually using the following:
[email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected],[email protected], [email protected],[email protected], [email protected],[email protected] ,[email protected] (Washtenaw County Administrator)
Individual addresses of Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners, and candidates for these offices in the August 2014 primaries:
As a group: Board of County Commissioners
“When emailing Mayor and/or Council members or Commissioners, please include your telephone number and address to facilitate an appropriate response.”
We have a created a letter that you can use as an example to your counsel members, Commissioners and government officials.
Feel free to use it if you don’t want to create a letter on your own or copy and paste it into an email.