I do hope something can be done. I am over by the Burns Park school and we had never seen deer in the neighborhood before this summer. I had one who came to eat my garden about twice a day for three weeks. 15 years of work and money that I did not anticipate I was doing for a deer’s buffet.
Not to mention that, finding a deer suddenly and unexpectedly in front of your car, as you are traveling at 45 mph, can mean it’s “lights out” on your life.
M.H., Burns Park resident
See that shiny spot of light in the left middle of the photo? That’s the new deer fencing I put up last week. See the deer? Yeah. That’s on the INSIDE of my new deer fence.
Photo courtesy of my laughing neighbor who captioned it “Leenays 0, Deer 1.”
Our family lives on the Northeast corner of Ann Arbor.
This year we have had as many as 7 deer in our yard at any one time. We are extremely distressed that the deer have eaten thousands of dollars of newly landscaped plantings in our garden this winter and spring including evergreens. There are children in our neighborhood and the deer droppings present a potential health problem to these children.
-Margaret, Glazier Way area
I was sent an email covering a number of deer-human negative interactions in the Ann Arbor Hills area.
I am removing specifics and rewriting a little, but the impact of the story is still clear.
“There is a woman in our neighborhood who feeds deer. She lives next door to an elderly woman who has many fearful stories about the deer. She has called city administrators numerous times about her issues. Deer have run her into her garage & then into the house, once actually pursuing her. She called the city about the woman who was feeding the deer & I think someone talked to her about it, but it hasn’t made a difference; the feeding continues.
Then there is another person who lives on Melrose and owns the wooded lot right next to her property. The deer became such a problem in her wooded lot and her own yard that she spent thousands of dollars putting up an 8 foot fence around her property this year. After having eaten almost everything on both lots, you can be sure the deer are upset by all this. She reported she had deer huffing and threatening her and one even raised itself onto its hind quarters.
The deer are also stirred up because they used to sleep & nest on a property which was sold this year. The new neighbors are making huge improvements to the landscaping & disrupting another of their hangouts. Those deer ate everything in what was once an exquisite garden that was on the garden tour.
Another neighbor had a deer die in her back yard.
Both Gary & I have had near misses hitting deer in our neighborhood. I used to see one of them limping around. I have a driveway monitoring sensor & they travel across my drive every night. I see them all the time during the day.
I hope this information helps in some sort of control effort. I have other neighbors who regularly have deer problems as well.”
– Ann Arbor Hills resident
If you are like us, and concerned about the damage and potential damage that the overabundance of deer can do to our county, cities, and yards– please contact your city government and let them know how you feel.
If you have stories of the accidents and damage that have been done to you or have observed issues with pets or other wildlife that can be attributed to deer, please send us your story.
See an interactive map showing deer accidents in Ann Arbor, from the Ann Arbor Chronicle.
Early Friday morning, our Golden Retriever, Gracie was viciously attacked by a deer. Gracie had run into the back wooded corner of our yard (as seen below) and came flying back out —chased by a deer who proceeded to kick and stomp her. I ran out in my bathrobe screaming, running at them, waving a tennis ball flinger but he deer was unfazed. Gracie cowered and eventually got away, limping and shaking. Our vet, Mike Darga checked her out and said that she was very bruised and battered but would be ok and with the help of some anti inflammatory meds, she is much better.
The video below of a deer attacking a dog she believed to be a threat to her fawn is horrible to watch but it is exactly what I saw happening. Neighbors have seen a fawn in our area and we now believe that the attack on our dog was due to the deer protecting her baby.
Deer have been devouring our yard for years and this spring, we took out 14 more ruined yews.
The hungry deer continue to come right up to the edge of the patio (below) and chomp away at a remaining yew hedge with no fear of us at all. We have installed 8 foot fencing in the back but it clearly hasn’t been enough of a deterrent.
We are concerned that neighborhood children may be in great danger of a similar attack and apparently, it is not uncommon for deer to attack hunters and others especially when the deer are protecting their young.
In addition to warning neighbors, I again wish to urge our city government to act on this serious problem. Deer carry ticks which lead to Lyme Disease and auto accidents are surely going to happen with the herds of hungry deer wandering in our neighborhood.
Sue Chandler, Ann Arbor, Ann Arbor Hills
I was driving home from Chicago around 9:30 at night. I was going just 2 miles over the speed limit (72 mph), driving in the right lane with moderate traffic. It was very dark on that stretch of highway with no outside lighting. Out of the corner of my eye I saw the deer in my headlights on the driver’s side, and in that same instant I hit the deer. I held the steering wheel steady, not wanting to veer into another car, and got off at the next exit where we contacted the State troopers.
Our insurance will be covering the cost, less $50 from us. If I had hit anything besides the deer, it would have cost us $500.
Several years ago when we moved to Webster Township, we were delighted to find a deer path in our yard and see the local herd pass through, and see the newborn fawns take their first steps and then frolic in the yard in the spring. We also have spent many hours removing the invasive plants from our property, including mounds of garlic mustard. As invasives were removed, we started to see some of the native plants return, including a few trillium. Well, most the trillium are gone now, as well as a number of other natives, as these have turned into deer chow while the deer herd continues to expand.
Seeing the significant reduction of the monarch population due to loss of habitat, we started a few milkweeds in the yard, knowing that monarchs are picky eaters and need milkweeds to survive. Milkweed has been known as somewhat deer resistant. We were rewarded with a Monarch egg, and then a Monarch caterpillar. But shortly after, the plant had been deer browsed, the caterpillar gone, and that was the end of this possible Monarch.
The plant layer of our woods is quite minimal and the plant life that supports other picky butterflies, the birds and other woodland critters has been greatly reduced due to the over-abundance of the deer population who graze on the food sources for these others.
We would like our woodland to support all native species and for them to have a habitat and thrive, and be in ecological balance.
There was a doe walking in our yard, just behind one of our gardens last week. I took a picture or two then my husband went out to shoo the deer away, as we usually do. The doe left our yard, after a bit of encouragement.
According to UM George Reserve Study, this fawn will conservatively represent 52 deer in 5 years
My husband came into the house and said there was a baby in the yard. I went out looking and didn’t see anything. No, he said, in the garden. And so it was– right there in the garden. We didn’t know how young it was, but it just lay there, not moving, and in spite of the fact I was almost in its face– I think it was hoping we didn’t see it.
After a few pictures, we left it alone. We went out a few times during the late afternoon and early evening to check on it. Thought it had left, but found that it had moved and was now ensconced under our peony tree.
Later, when I looked at my camera, I saw that Mom and baby were both standing just before my husband ran out to scare the doe off. Hadn’t seen the baby before.
Thought about the fawn, what it would grow up to, my garden and my inability to grow most things because of deer damage. The fact that the deer have stripped the trees and bushes behind the garden so I now have lost my privacy, and all the deer waste that is scattered over my yard. I thought I should do something now about this baby– but I couldn’t. That doesn’t mean I wouldn’t support an initiative to cull the herd– starting with the 16 or so that run though my yard regularly and decrease my enjoyment of my property.