YEAR 3 SUMMARY REPORT, Ann Arbor, 2019

YEAR THREE SUMMARY REPORT 2018-19 Deer Research Program, White Buffalo to Ann Arbor, Michigan, 20 March 2019Ann Arbor is a most challenging situation for deer managers; nearly built out and covered by single family homes surrounded by wooded corridors. It is excellent deer habitat with no hunting and no non-human predators. The directives set by the City included improving forest health/regeneration in natural areas, reduction in deer-vehicle collisions (DVCs), achieving 75% satisfaction level of residents, and gathering data to inform future management decisions. The primary objective in 2018/2019 was to assess the complementary effect of lethal management in larger wooded areas proximate to sterilization efforts in dense suburban neighborhoods.
In summary, there are ~21 deer/mile2on average in Wards 1 and 2 (233 deer in ~11.1 mile2), with obvious concentrations in the Skyline School neighborhood (i.e., “NW neighborhood” in Figure 3). The higher density in the SSA also increased the overall deer density. If interference by protesters had been managed effectively,we would likely have met our goal of 150 deer removed using sharpshooting methods. This would have been ~40 fewer deer in Wards 1 and 2 which would have resulted in ~190 deer, or ~17 deer/mile2. There also would be far fewer fawns born that will have to be culled next winter.

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