Dead deer– and the weather is warming up

Last week, I saw a dead deer in one of the driveways on Washtenaw Ave, just east of Sheridan.

Later on that day, I passed by again and noticed the deer had been pulled, out of the driveway, and further into the yard, on the left of the driveway.

Since I know that the city picks up deer carcasses only on city property, I was wondering what would happen.

Drove by again, and didn’t see it, so I figured I either missed the right driveway, or it was gone.

Today– heading west on Washtenaw, I noticed the deer again. Had to be the same one. To the left of the driveway.

Problem– it is getting warmer! Pretty soon we’ll be smelling it as well as seeing it.

Buck Scrape– destroying new trees

Getting a lot of new information and pictures from Ann Arborites

The deer are still coming through the yard on a daily basis, even though we don’t always see them. I’ve attached a “buck scrape” photo, where the 10-point buck is still attempting to remove his antlers, and photos of fresh tracks in those shaded areas where we stil have snow. Fresh tracks are also showing in the mud.

Scat, scat

I found a neighbor wearing surgical gloves, picking up deer poop in his yard on Saturday. “If these gloves keep AIDS out, they should be good for whatever is in this stuff,” he said.

As you can see, he found a lot in his yard…and he wasn’t pleased!

7+ deer in my yard this morning

I woke up, looked out a back window and saw a good sized herd of deer in my backyard.
I ran downstairs to get my camera and pull up the shade, which spooked a few.
Here is the video of them– a little further back since they saw the shade go up.

Here are some of the pictures I took. Most of them exited towards Green Rd through the neighbor’s yard behind mine.

Deer at Argo Dam and around the city

Looking at this video, that Ryan Stanton posted on his MLive report, I was reminded of this post I put on my facebook page.

Its a little dated (Jan 2015), but the jist of it is right.

Doesn’t this look lovely?

Now picture these does in your yard.

Imagine them eating every plant in site– annuals and perennials.

Imaging them crapping all over your yard.

Imagine the buck coming to herd them– 10points easy, big and dangerous. You will discover quickly that he is not afraid of you.

You have a fence you say– probably won’t protect you unless its electric or at least 10ft tall. Your neighborhood association doesn’t allow fences– oh well, too bad for you and your property value. Wait, that’s right, Ann Arbor doesn’t allow fencing that high either- and would we want it– really!?.

Imagine them running out into the street and being hit by a car– and them limping back onto your property to die– call Critter Control– that’s $300-$500 to remove the carcass from private property.

Imagine them running into your car– yes they will play chicken with cars driving on the road– its happened to me– a very near miss. And sometimes they do just decide to cross the road, or highway, inconveniently at the same time you are driving by. Imagine the horror, the damage to the car, the injuries, the death that could result to you or your children.

The chances of your being negatively impacted by deer this year is rising, with their numbers- almost doubling each year.

When we moved to Ann Arbor in 1972, they were almost non-existant; now they are everywhere in this area. My yard seems to be a throughfare for them– and it shows. If you look, the issue of deer numbers and destruction has been brought up to city and county officials for the last 10+ yrs–and no one wanted to touch it- hot potato! We are now seeing and feeling the results of that inattentiveness (for lack of a better word).

The second deer management public meeting discussion is scheduled on Thursday, February 5 at 7 p.m. at Slausen Middle School in Ann Arbor. The meeting agenda will include a review of the survey highlights, a Q&A with a staff member from the City of Rochester Hills regarding their experience implementing a “nonlethal” deer management plan and a deer cull management presentation from members of the Washtenaw Citizens for Ecological Balance- If you have a problem with deer, make yourself heard– attend the meeting; speak out if they are allowing public input. Send me stories and pictures of deer and damage to your property, and I will get them posted [on our deer map-].

Hillary H.

From MLive

Responses to See and share photos of deer in neighborhoods throughout Ann Arbor

Deer regularly return to certain spots. We have the deer paths and beds in our yard to prove it. We had a group of 5 bucks that inhabited our rear yard on a regular basis this fall. Deer bed down in our east facing yard on warmer nights and in the pine grove in our south yard during the colder winter nights. We’ve had as many as eight in the pines during the winter. By spring, any branch that is within reach is stripped of its needles.

The number of deer has noticeably increased in the past 5 years. I don’t look forward to the years ahead when we may see sick and wasting deer due to over population. Without any meaningful predators, culling seems like the only humane way of avoiding wider spread suffering.

Note: Not sure where the location is, so not on deer map

I am disgusted

Today is Thursday, March 5, and I am sitting at my computer looking out the window facing my back yard, and am watching 4 very large deer eat their way through my yard as usual. This is a daily occurance, and I have seen as many as 7 deer destroying my shrubs, plants sticking above the ground, and those that they have dug up with their hoofs on the lawn and in the gardens. Because of the snow, it is sad, and I am dismayed to see how close to my house they have come. There are even prints on my back deck. I have a wooded back, which I enjoyed for many years, along with all the plantings I have put in to make my home lovely. It was charming to see a “Bambi” many years back, but now I am disgusted that the city has let this “many Bambi” situation get out of hand. I could send in one of these reports to you everyday, and maybe I will now that I have your address.

-Barbara S.

I counted 15 individual deer in my back yard since Feb 19

At the request of neighbors, I am sending an update to let you know of the extent of the deer problem in my area. I have lived at my address on Clair Cir. since October 1990. When we moved here, deer sightings were quite rare. Over the years, the number of deer moving through our yards has increased. In the past two to three years, the number of deer living here has exploded. Since mid-Feb, deer have been living continuously in my back yard, and in the yards of those houses next to mine, between Clair Cir and Mixtwood, and Clair Cir and Red Oak. The area is residential, with a small slope of trees between the houses on Mixtwood & Red Oak and those on Clair Cir.

I counted 15 individual deer in my back yard since Feb 19 (identified by differing sizes, scars, evidence of antlers):

2 bucks (or a buck and a doe) lived continuously in the back yard since early to mid-Feb

Feb 19 – they were joined by and chased out by a doe and 2 or 3 yearlings

Feb 22 – A new grouping of 6: a large 10-point buck with 5 other deer moved in and stayed in the area for one or two nights.

Feb 25 – the six from Feb 22 were gone but two new deer, a female and yearling (female very, very heavily pregnant) moved in for a day and night

Feb 27 – a different doe and yearling (not as rotund as the doe on Feb 25) stayed overnight

March 2 – two does (reported by my husband, I did not see)

March 3 – the 10-point buck (with a very distinctive rack) and his harem were back.

While I had seen many deer, I did not realize the extent to which the deer were continually inhabiting our yards. This past weekend, I walked out by my garden shed while thinking I may hire some shed builders to construct a new shed for me considering the old one is a little damaged. I can’t believe how much damage deers can actually do to your garden. And because of this, I’m even thinking about having a look at the different types of shed siding that are available to me. I think that this may ensure that my new shed is even more protected and hopefully, it won’t get damaged again in a long time. I was astonished at what I found. My back yard, and that of my neighbors, looks like a heavily-used barn yard. There are deer nests or burrows everywhere–in areas that I did not realize were being used. (The deer dig holes in the deep snow and sleep curled up in the holes. This renders the deer invisible from a distance.) The ground is very heavily covered with droppings–so much so that one cannot walk without avoiding the mess. The vegetation and natural areas are trashed. Even “deer resistant” vegetation has been consumed. The deer are eating hemlock, barberry, yew, and anything and everything else available. I enjoy growing my own fruit in the summer, especially berries, but now I am concerned that the deer are just going to eat whatever I plant. I’m considering getting some composite decking board and building some sort of deck next summer so that I can have a small greenhouse and continue to grow different fruits whilst protecting them from the deer. I could also sit out on the deck when it’s sunny and keep an eye out for any more deer appearing.

It is clear from the physical evidence that a large number of deer are living in the area, even if we do not see them every day. My neighbor tells me that they bed down next to her house, or under the yews and evergreens near another neighbor’s house. On any given day, there will be between two and six deer in our yards. What happens in the spring, when the does drop their fawns? Many will have twins, and a few will have triplets.

We have many concerns about the deer: the damage to vegetation and natural areas, loss of landscaping investment, loss of the use of our yard due to the excessive amount of droppings, increased risk for lyme disease and fecal-borne contaminants, and possible unsafe interaction with the deer (risk to pets and children). We hope that Ann Arbor can arrive at a feasible and effective solution. The status quo is not ok.