These two actually just look like they are practicing.
In a yard in Glacier Highlands– I was so amazed I didn’t think about filming it– two large bucks ran through the yard, one across my deck, started fighting and then ran back across the yard (one across the deck again) chasing each other. And it did not end so quickly!
Two bucks fighting like this happened in my yard, too, November 2014- in Ann Arbor, MI. Of course, we didn’t have the snow then. They eventually ran off, but not before running across my raised deck, within inches of our sliding glass doors (both ways). The second buck ran around the deck.
Jan 15, 2015
Somehow this video is missing from the Channel 4 website. Its about deer count and the problems with deer and deer accidents in Rochester County and surroundings.
I checked, and its not just a matter of it being 2016 now. Other older videos are still on the site.
Am I paranoid?
I just finished posting, on NextDoor, that they should look at this video.
And it was there last week.
I wrote Channel 4 and asked them to check into this video.
Waiting to hear back.
We are looking for information from Ann Arborites, about issues they have with the deer population in the city.
Check out and contribute to the two maps we have where we are tracking deer damage and accidents.
For Damage, unlike last year, where we were tracking deer numbers and tried not to count the same deer in the same location more than once, this time we will accept multiple records from the same location and try to create a chronological listing with pictures if you send them.
Provide information on specific location (so we can map it) and describe damage. Give the date it happened. You can also send pictures as documentation.
For deer accidents or near accidents, report details — when, where, how, pictures….
The 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.
The MDNR does not have a recommended deer density in urban areas. Rather, we ask local elected officials to determine which level to manage their deer; either based on observed biological impacts to forests or natural areas, or social tolerances, which are generally met sooner in an urban setting. This allows them options in evaluating input and determining whether deer are having an unacceptable impact amongst residents in the community. This is generally done through one or a combination of several methods: monitoring deer-vehicle collisions, tracking resident complaints, surveying residents, habitat or regeneration impacts to forest/nature preserves, etc. If the elected officials deem that deer are a problem in their community, we are happy to work with them and provide recommendations to alleviate these conflicts. Typically, if conflicts are occurring at unacceptable levels across a broad expanse of the city, which limits the effectiveness of deer exclusion, lethal measures are typically recommended.
The helicopter survey should not be considered a census or indicator of herd density. The reason is that this is simply a count that occurs at one moment in time, and the estimate of how many deer were not seen is unknown. Without an effective estimate of how many deer were missed on the flyover, the count alone has little value. If this survey is repeated every year in the same manner, then Ann Arbor would be able to track changes in the deer population, and this in turn can be related back to management actions or strategies. So, the count that was conducted previously does have value, but only when it is included as a series of data points collected over time.
I received this recently in response to the request for non-Ward 1 and 2, sightings of deer.
“Not sure if you still want deer encounters, but I was just playing with my three little boys 2/4/6 in our backyard (downtown/Olivia Ave) and one of them freaked and grabbed me when a deer walked into our yard and started grazing in the flower beds maybe 20 ft from us. She looked at us, ate more and when I tried to urge her on she panicked, dashed around the yard a bit then hopped the 3 ft fence and grazed on the neighbors lilies that surround her side door. When the neighbor walked out of her door, inches from the deer they were both spooked and the deer proceeded on to another yard.
1-I am so thankful that I was outside with my boys who often play unaccompanied. It is frightening to think my 2 or 4 yr old could have been in the sandbox when that deer freaked out! I know a deer will not “attack” but when they are scared they are unpredictable…so are children!!!
2-my husband and I both noticed the deer we were seeing in Northern Michigan last week were absolutely BEAUTIFUL! Their coats were brown and shiny, and their bodies toned and muscular.
This is not what we see in the city, sadly this living arrangement is not positive for residents or animals. I hope with accurate information, professional wildlife management will be able to come up with the healthiest solutions for us all!
This is not just about the hostas, although that is really annoying, it is about proper balance.
Also I think whoever is slinging around ideas of “elite neighborhoods” etc. should stop that! This is Ann Arbor, it is all “elite” 😉 “
"The native plants are tramped down, the bushes are gnawed, and my three-year-old grandson can't play in the back yard because of the deer droppings. If humans entered our property and exacted such a toll we would have legal recourse We're watching the curb appeal and property value decline at a time when our taxes are rising. We are without defense."
M. Holland, Ann Arbor resident