Are the deer spreading in Ann Arbor?

I stopped placing information that I am getting about deer sightings in Wards 1 and 2 on the map because I think, what we see is evidence enough of the herds of deer roaming around those two wards in Ann Arbor. I am getting more and more information and placing markers on the sites in Wards 3, 4, and 5 where I continue to get notice of thier appearance and destruction.

See the map for deer sightings in Ann Arbor at https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=zqP892aDZoZ8.kUn-_1mCtRr4

I am now looking for sightings of fawns. In many cases you will see them trailing thier mothers. In some cases you will see them motionless in your yard or garden– waiting for the mother to come back and “claim” them.

Does become impregnated as early as 5 months old; these deer usually only have one fawn the first year. After that, and for the next 10+ years, they will have 2 or 3 fawns each year.

For the map that shows fawn sightings– see the fawn map

On both maps, I am continuing to place notifications of deer-auto accidents

To report on deer you see, email deerannarbor@gmail.com.
Let me know the date, location, numbers, etc so I can place them appropriately.
If you want to include pictures, and description of what you see, please do.

Deer sightings in Ward 5

Took these photos from my front porch as the pair of deer trotted down the road right in front of me. Fountain Street, April 11. It just happened to be a beautiful porch swing kind of day, but my neighbors have seen them around all the time.

Be Kaimowitz

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Social, economic and personal reasons to support a cull in Ann Arbor

There was a good turnout for the public meeting (April 16); with majority of public who spoke in favor of culling the deer. Here are my public comments, if interested. Thank you for reading (it is not too long):

Good Evening. My name is Erich Jensen. I live at 1820 Crestland near Stadium and Packard, well within the city limits in Ward 3. I have lived at the same house for 30 years and NEVER saw deer on/near my property until now. There have been 3 backyard sightings of 3-6 deer in the last 30 days. They enjoyed my tulips. They were on my patio.

I support the culling/eliminating deer within the city limits immediately for 3 main reasons, social, economic and personal.

First, I coordinate St Francis of Assisi Roman Catholic Church (on Washtenaw across from Tappan Middle School) sustainable garden which provides annually up to 200 lbs of fresh produce to Foundation Preschool each summer. This preschool serves children of at risk low income single head of household families. The deer have already decimated the food producing plants (blueberry, raspberry brambles) this winter, and the vegetables aren’t even planted yet. There are also several other garden plots maintained by other groups in my neighborhood who donate produce to those in need.

Second, as Washtenaw Master Gardener I work with a team of volunteers at Cobblestone Farms beautifying the historic house and the events barn gardens (i.e., weddings on Th, F, Sa and Su nearly every week outdoors from April to October). The brides and their mothers, in particular, appreciate the gardens for photo back drops and have said so. Jessica Black, the manager of these events, has stated that our work has increased revenues and bookings which have amounted to well over a hundred thousands of dollars for the city of Ann Arbor, on a property that is part of the park system (Buhr Park). The deer are present there, too. There is also a Project Grow garden on the property.

Lastly, I am converting my garden to higher percentage of native plants per Wildflower Association of Michigan influence to increase pollinators and refuge for other wildlife (insects, birds and butterflies) but not deer who are destroying these new plants.

Please consider a quick, humane, cost effective way of reducing the herds for their starving and safety sake, too. Thank you.

Ward 3 also having deer problems

I live on Columbia Street in southeast Ann Arbor. We have seen numerous deer in recent weeks. They have eaten spirea bushes, hyacinths, and other plants and bushes in our yard, despite our extensive use of deer-repellent spray. I will track more exactly now that I know there is a registry. Here are a few of our sightings:

Late March: 3 deer (4-point buck, 2 does, one of which had a limp) wandering down Columbia Street in the afternoon.
Early April: 3 deer (1 buck and 2 does) running through the forested area behind our home at 2040 Columbia.
April 4: 1 doe on Columbia Street at midnight.
April 13: 1 buck and 1 doe in our backyard on Columbia Street in the mid-morning, eating emerging plants.

Ward 3

Ward 3 weighing in

Just an FYI. I discovered and recently joined my local neighborhood group, and deer issue is getting a lot of postings for the South Packard area.

We personally have seen groups of 3 and 4 deer twice more since I last wrote you, once in neighbor’s yard, and just last Saturday in the school yard which borders my property when my grandson and I were outside together. He was delighted, I was not. They are not so skittish, as they stare a minute and then run off when you close the gap to about 20 feet.

Deer Sightings– Ward 3

from Burns Park

I am writing to report deer scat found in my back yard on Olivia Ave. today 4/11/2015 just 1/2 block north of Burns Park. Last year we had deer in our yard who ate our whole vegetable garden and probably 30 hostas right down to the root. The deer would walk right down the sidewalk and over the fence! I am sad to say we may not plant a vegetable garden this year if deer are already feeding in our yard – it is too bad since the growing experience is so exciting to involve my children in! Last year my boys were so disappointed our gardening efforts were foiled by deer, and it is not worth the time and $$$ if there is no solution to the obvious deer problem in town. It is sad to see deer walking down the sidewalks in the downtown neighborhoods – they must be frightened, and it cannot be healthy for the deer. I support culling and hope to see this situation resolved! Thank you,

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Home for sale in NE Ann Arbor

Hillary H

They are selling the house across the street from me. A young gentleman came to look at the house with a realtor last week.

Then he came over to my house to ask questions about the neighborhood.
He asked what I like best about the area. Then he asked what I like least– I had to tell him, We have deer.

Last night, we had a dozen deer in my front yard, the leader, within a yard of my front stoop.
When we opened the front door, they scattered– some going towards Green others towards Bardstown.

I don’t remember any “sightings” on the aerial survey of numbers of deer in groups anywhere near 12, yet in the last week, we have had herds of 11, 12 and 15+ does passing through and sleeping in my backyard– and front.

Haven’t seen any bucks lately; so those 15 does we saw the other evening, in another month, will represent probably 45 deer for Northeast Ann Arbor. I think the deer are winning. Not sure what the prize is.

The Ann Arbor survey shows that 57% of respondents in Ann Arbor realize that there is a problem with deer in the city and want something done about it and will accept lethal methods. Since only half the respondents were from wards 1 and 2, I think that shows that the problem or knowledge of the problem is more widespread than just the North and NE side of town.

MLive, in a recent article said, “An online survey revealed public support for efforts to educate residents about deer-resistant landscape plantings, installing signs or reflectors at deer crossings, managing roadside vegetation to increase visibility, and prohibiting feeding deer.” Is this assuming that lethal methods to control the deer population and education about those we might see are mutually exclusive? REALLY? I’m pretty sure I answered YES to that question– I do think we should prohibit feeding and remove vegetation from the roadsides, so we have a better chance of seeing deer before they actually jump out into the road in front of us. Yet the latest article in Mlive starts the sentence about killing deer with a “BUT” not an AND. As if both options were not necessary.

The city survey did not ask us to prioritize our answers, just to check yes or no.

The city survey results also stated that 73% of the respondents do not feel deer should be give a status above that of other urban mammals. I agree, yet deer are destroying the habitats and food supply of many of these urban mammals and birds, not to mention the decimation native plants and trees. Are we not also Urban Mammals? Do deer have more rights to my property than I have?

Tracking one deer

I’m curious. We have a deer that has been showing up in our yard semi-regularly. She has a large, light colored patch on her back.

Let me know if you see her. I’d like to know how far she travels.

Contact me at deerannarbor@gmail.com

deer Ward 2 ann arbor

She is the one in the middle, front

Deer sightings and wisdom

SEVEN deer in a row just strolled one by one into our backyard from Spruce St. (near the corner of Chestnut). They were moving slowly in single file, and look pretty emaciated. They are sampling our ground cover and woody shrubs, or sitting and resting while chewing cud. Earlier today we had only 3 or 4. We have generally enjoyed watching them, although they do some damage (particularly to hosts, woody shrubs and ground cover and some trees), but THIS is getting to be a bit much. I am slowly moving from against to leaning more in favor of culling.


Seven in my yard yesterday and then in the street about 5:00 p.m. (Londonderry) maybe the same crew


We had 4 (that I could see) yesterday.. one right on our deck peering in our sliding door… crew are eating bushes, ground cover, etc


something is eating the tops of my daffodils and tulips as they come up. could it be deer?


Deer don’t generally eat daffodils- hence a good option in this neighborhood. They love tulips – but usually wait til they are just about to bloom..