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For cull on UM- Dearborn campus
See also older articles on 2016-17, Local 2015 and Local 2014 and earlier
Ann Arbor residents continue to protest controversial deer cull, Michigan Daily, Jan 19, 2020
“Some of us are completely baffled at why 150 deer in Ann Arbor get all the attention from some of the animal protection groups and they say nothing about thousands of deer. It’s very strange,” Banet said. “They may have some reason for focusing on Ann Arbor, but it’s not part of a consistent ethical stance or a political opposition to hunting. It’s just a weird Ann Arbor thing.”
Christopher Dick, a professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Michigan, previously told The Daily he thinks the cull is necessary to keep the deer population in check and protect the local ecosystem. “They basically eat away at the forest understory, so there’s no regeneration of the forest,” Dick said. “What happens when you have these deer take off is this destruction of their own habitat if there’s no kind of predation. If you want Ann Arbor to have healthy parks and vibrant forests that take up carbon and help mitigate climate change, if you want a safe environment for kids to grow up and not be worried about ticks and diseases associated with overabundance of deer, then we really have to think about managing this urban deer population.”
Ann Arbor approves killing another 150 deer in fifth annual cullMLive, Nov 19, 2019
City-hired hunters have killed 386 deer since Ann Arbor received a state permit to shoot or sterilize the animals in 2016. The goal is to control the population and limit impact on plants and other animals in the city’s nature areas. Officials also worry about deer-vehicle crashes. [note: no input from biologists included in article]
Aerial Survey 2019 Deer Heat Map (PDF), City of Ann Arbor, Dec 4, 2019
Deer Impacts on Plant Communities in Ann Arbor Natural Areas
Deer-vehicle crashes and the progress Ann Arbor has made with the deer management program
Deer- Vehicle Crashes in the City of Ann Arbor
2018 (Year of 3rd cull and second sterilization) 55
2017:(Year of 2nd cull and first sterilization) 56
2016 (Year of first cull) 73
Michigan Traffic Crash Facts
The City of Ann Arbor Geographic Information System Data Tool shows crash sites each year
The 4th cull was accomplished in January 2019 but crash data for 2019 will not be available until spring of 2020.
Hunting is on the decline in Michigan — which is a problem, MLive, Nov 10, 2019
Yet another factor is wildlife management. Hunting is one “of the best tools that we have for maintaining balanced, healthy populations,” Eichinger said. That’s especially true in urban and suburban areas where deer and coyotes can cause problems. In 2018, deer accounted for one of every six vehicle accidents in Michigan — more than 53,000 collisions, including 14 deaths.
The 76 Michigan cities and townships with the most deer-vehicle accidents in 2018, MLink, Oct 22, 2019
Deer-vehicle crashes injured more than 1,300 people and killed 14 last year. Ann Arbor 55 crashes. Scio Township was # 12 in the state.
Ann Arbor releases plan to kill up to 150 more deer this winter, MLive.com, Oct 22, 2019
Dave Borneman, Restoring Ann Arbor’s natural areas, Ann Arbor Observer, Aug 2019
Tick and Mosquito Surveillance Program launches in Washtenaw County, MLive, June 27, 2019
Lyme Disease Cases in Washtenaw County Residents, Washtenaw County Health Dept, June 2019
Officer’s vehicle struck after responding to crash with deer north of Ann Arbor, MLive, June 17, 2019
Map of CWD positives, rev March 14, 2019, MI DNR
City of Ann Arbor Deer Management Program Evaluation, Rev. 05/28/2019, May 2019
Deer cull program survives as Ann Arbor council adopts new city budget, MLive, May 21, 2019
Query to retrieve 2018 data: https://www.michigantrafficcrashfacts.org/querytool#q1;0;2018;c8189;0,71:1
Deer vehicle crashes in City of Ann Arbor in 2018: 55 (3rd cull)
Deer vehicle crashes in City of Ann Arbor in 2017: 56 (2nd cull)
Deer vehicle crashes in City of Ann Arbor in 2016 73 (year of first cull)
Deer vehicle crashes in City of Ann Arbor in 2015 90
Deer vehicle crashes in City of Ann Arbor in 2014 51
Michigan Traffic Crash Facts
YEAR THREE SUMMARY REPORT 2018-19 Deer Research Program, White Buffalo to Ann Arbor, Michigan, 20 March 2019
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.
Crazed deer tries to jump through windows of Pinckney school, ClickonDetroit, Feb 19, 2019
City ends 4th annual deer cull early, parks reopen, Michigan Daily, Jan 23, 2019
A total of 386 deer have been killed and 78 surgically sterilized as a result of the program, which has been the subject of long-running debate in the community and cost the city upwards of half a million dollars.
Ann Arbor deer cull ‘safely completed’ with 112 deer killed, city says, MLink, Jan 21, 2019
Ann Arbor deer cull protesters tape mouths shut during latest protest, MLive, Jan 15, 2019
Yelling could land deer cull protesters behind bars, police warn, MLive, Jan 12, 2019
Ann Arbor officials divided on taking legal action against deer cull protesters, MLive, Jan 8, 2018
After debating the issue, the City Council voted 6-5 Monday night, Jan. 7, to reject a proposal by Council Member Jane Lumm, who believes protesters are violating state law by going to places where hunting is taking place and interfering with the cull.
Ann Arbor deer cull draws protesters on first day, MLive, Jan 3, 2019
Ann Arbor begins fourth annual deer cull, NPR, Jan 2 2019
The city also continued its deer sterilization program, but this year it completed those operations earlier, for better weather. Six female deer were sterilized and released in November. The City of Ann Arbor says that venison harvested from the cull will be donated to a local food pantry.
10 things to know about the Ann Arbor deer cull starting today, MLive, Jan 2, 2019
Crashes for the Year 2017 for City or Township (Washtenaw County: Ann Arbor) filtered by Crash: Deer Involved/Associated (Deer involved), Michigan Traffic Crash Facts, 2018
East Lansing has repeatedly declined to use lethal options to manage deer. That could change, Lansing State Journal, Jan 15, 2020
Update: Chronic Wasting Disease in Area Deer Population, East Lansing Info, Feb 4, 2019
Bill freezing deer sterilization permits heads to Snyder’s desk, MLive, Dec 13, 2018
Ann Arbor is making plans to kill up to 150 more deer in January during the city’s fourth-annual deer cull. Ann Arbor’s current permit allows sterilizing up to 80 deer and, after the last round of sterilizations in November, the city is now up to 78 female deer that have had their ovaries surgically removed over the last two years, so it could only do two more under the current permit.
Deer in Ann Arbor safe to eat, PFAS not a concern, officials say, MLive, Dec 13, 2018
Ann Arbor’s deer sterilization crew finding few deer left to dart, MLive, Nov 30, 2018
PFAS in Huron River raises question for Ann Arbor deer cull, MLive, Nov 26, 2018
Ticks with potential to spread Lyme disease found throughout Washtenaw County, ClickOn Detroit, June 6, 2018
Deer ticks that can carry Lyme disease found across Washtenaw County, MLive, June 6, 2018
Ann Arbor creating new city position to educate public about deer program, MLive, May 25, 2018
* The Green Room: Deer Management-Perspectives Underlying The Debate, WEMU, Jan 26, 2018
* The Green Room: Wildlife “Rights” Vs. “Management”- Perspectives Underlying The Debate, WEMU, April 27 2018
Deer Impacts on Vegetation in Ann Arbor Park Natural Areas, Summary of Monitoring Metrics for 2017, J.B. Courteau, Ph.D, April 2018
New Legislation May Eventually End Ann Arbor’s Deer Sterilization Program, WEMU, April 19, 2018
, All About Ann Arbor, April 18, 2018
Washtenaw and Livingston counties at heightened risk for Lyme disease, Michigan Radio, March 31, 2018
Lyme disease risk from ticks increases in several Michigan counties, Mlive, March 29, 2018
Lyme Disease and Ticks in Washtenaw County, EWashtenaw.org, March 2018
Reported Cases of Communicable Disease in Washtenaw County Residents 2007-2017, EWashtenaw.org, March 2018
Contractor significantly over-estimated Ann Arbor’s deer population, MLive, March 24, 2018
No joke: Ann Arbor is removing deer ovaries. Lawmakers aren’t laughing., The Bridge, March 14, 2018
Bill would ban permits for wild game sterilization, MPR, March 11, 2018
Deer sterilization among many issues on Ann Arbor’s policy agenda, MLive, Feb 12, 2018
Protestors succeeded in bringing down numbers in Ann Arbor deer cull, Michigan Public Radio, Feb 2, 2018
Ann Arbor deer cull falls short of goal, protesters listed among reasons, MLive, Feb 1, 2018
2018 deer management plan completed safely, A2 City News, Feb 2018
Lawmakers versus the bureaucracy: Who should be in charge of natural resources, environment?, Detroit Free Press, Jan 28, 2018
The Green Room: Deer Management-Perspectives Underlying The Debate, Green Room, WEMU, Jan 26, 2018
Ann Arbor cutting down trees to kill deer to save trees, MLive, Jan 24, 2018
Cornell professor coming to Ann Arbor to talk about deer impacts, Ann Arbor News, Jan 22, 2018
The Biggest Cull, Ann Arbor Observer, Jan 2018
UPDATED: Deer Culling to Take Place in Hudson Mills Metropark, SunTimesNews, Jan 16, 2018
Deer cull cuts January hours in 16 Ann Arbor parks, NPR News, Jan 8, 2018
19 deer in Ann Arbor sterilized after week of ovary removals, MLink, Jan 7, 2018
Sterilized Ann Arbor deer may get yoga mats to help with recovery, MLink, Jan 2, 2018
- See a radio-collared deer in the woods? It’s OK to shoot them, DNR says, MLive, Nov 14, 2019
“If you see one of these deer, they are legal to hunt during regular deer hunting seasons,” the department said in a press release. “If you harvest a collared or tagged deer, please register the deer at the nearest deer check station and provide the head for chronic wasting disease testing.
- Tecumseh approves second deer cull, The Sault News, Oct 25, 2019
The city council voted Monday to once again contract with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Wildlife Services. Despite conducting a lethal cull of urban deer last winter, Tecumseh residents have felt no change in the problems caused by the deer, specifically to their gardens and landscaping. Swallow mentioned that there were nonlethal methods, such as catch-and-release sterilization used by Ann Arbor, but that costs $2,000 per deer.
- Residents say Grosse Ile has a deer problem, and township isn’t solving it, Detroit Free Press, Oct 4, 2019
From 2009 to 2018, the island had an annual deer cull. Four permitted hunters would cull an allotted amount of deer, keeping the population in check and the island healthy. In January, Grosse Ile’s police chief canceled the 2019 cull. In the months since, township residents have increasingly questioned why, and township officials have been unsuccessfully trying to give an answer that sticks.
- Michigan’s largest deer processing facility severely damaged in fire, Free Press, Oct 4, 2019
Michigan’s largest deer processing facility was severely damaged in a large fire early Friday morning. The facility’s destruction also comes just as Michigan’s deer hunting season is opening.
- Michigan sets ‘potential high-risk areas’ around TB-positive deer, Feedstuffs, June 20, 2019
On April 12, the Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development (MDARD) designated parts of Iosco and Ogemaw counties in the state as a “potential high-risk area” for bovine tuberculosis (TB). After free-ranging deer tests positive for bovine TB, cattle and bison herds in risk area need to be tested.
- City, township officials invited to urban deer management workshop July 22, MI DNR, June 19, 2019
City and township officials and others from across the state interested in learning about options to reduce the negative effects of deer in their communities are invited to attend an urban deer management workshop Monday, July 22. Hosted by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and the city of Rochester Hills, the free workshop will run 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm, located at 1005 Van Hoosen Road.
- The Albino Deer at Kensington Metropark had Twin Fawns, Metroparks.com, May 29=8, 2019
We discovered yesterday that the albino deer that calls Kensington Metropark home gave birth to a set of twin fawns.
- Tick season in Michigan: How to stay safe as lyme disease risk spreads east, Click On Detroit, May 3, 2019
Tick season has arrived in Michigan – and that’s not a good thing. Although ticks can spread multiple illnesses, Lyme disease is the most commonly reported tick-borne disease in Michigan. Lyme disease is caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi and is transmitted by the blacklegged/deer tick. Typical clinical signs of Lyme Disease include flu-like symptoms however, if left untreated may spread to joints, the heart, and/or the nervous system. The majority of cases can be treated successfully with antibiotics. Finding and removing ticks promptly can prevent Lyme disease.
- Chuck Martin: Got Deer (*!?@#!!)
It turns out that an average adult deer can nibble its way through about a ton and half of food a year. That means that seedlings, buds and flowers have little defense against a herd of hungry deer. With the increase of herds into suburban neighborhoods, deer damage on our favorite plants has become a major concern. Not only deer feeding is a concern for the homeowner’s garden but the bucks are rubbing 1- to 3-inch diameter trees in order to show off their scent. The bucks are using their antlers to rub off the bark of a small tree and often killing these plants just to show off their masculinity.
- Tecumseh to seek federal help with deer survey, lenconnect.com, May 8, 2018
Ann Arbor, for examples, has conducted both lethal and non-lethal deer culls, and using methods such as sterilization. Sterilization was not recommended by Stewart due to price and effectiveness. In Ann Arbor’s case, sterilization cost $1,600 to $2,400 per deer. Ann Arbor’s 2017 budget for its non-lethal program was $96,750, with the goal of sterilizing 40-60 deer. According to Swallow’s report, entering into a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services may be a more effective route.
- Motorcycle driver in critical condition after hitting deer, Daily News, Aug 1, 2018
According to Michigan State Police, a motorcycle with one occupant was traveling northbound on Masters Road approaching the intersection at Deaner Road when the vehicle hit a deer in the northbound lane. Upon impact, the driver was ejected off the motorcycle.
- Michigan DNR: First case of chronic wasting disease suspected in Jackson County, ClickonDetroit, June 23, 2018
A 3-year-old doe in Michigan is suspected positive for chronic wasting disease, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources reports.
- DNR : Ban deer feeding, baiting to combat ‘zombie deer’ disease, Detroit Free Press, June 8, 2018
The practice of deer hunters using food piles as bait to lure deer, or any other kind of deer-feeding, should be banned across all of the Lower Peninsula to help stop the alarming spread of chronic wasting disease in wild deer, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources is recommending.
- Dirt bike rider killed after hitting deer, WNEM, May 3, 2018
Deputies report the 22-year-old Benjamin Maxfield from Sandusky was riding a 2017 Yamaha dirt bike when he collided with a deer that ran into the roadway, causing him to lose control and lay the bike on its side. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene.
- Addressing deer disease: DNR, MSU collaborate on deer movement study in south-central Michigan, MI Statewide DNR News, Jan 30, 2018
Michigan State University and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources will be placing location-tracking collars on white-tailed deer in south-central Michigan as part of a multiyear study of deer disease, including chronic wasting disease. The study will assess movement and distribution patterns, and their influence on disease spread in and around Clinton and Ingham counties. This is one of a series of aggressive actions to address CWD in Michigan’s deer population.
- Hunters, not sterilization, should control Michigan deer population, lawmaker says, Detroit Free Press, Jan 10, 2018
State Rep. Triston Cole, R-Mancelona, introduced a bill last week to prohibit the already rare practice of sterilizing deer as a way to keep the number of deer down across the state.
- DNR: Wasting disease shifted in Michigan’s deer herd, Detroit News, Jan 3, 2018
A deadly disease that threatens to decimate Michigan’s whitetail deer population has shifted northwest from the Lansing area, some 100 miles, new test results show. All but one of the new cases of chronic wasting disease in the just-ended 2017 firearm season were discovered in free-ranging deer killed in Montcalm and Kent counties, 40 total, according to the Department of Natural Resources. One case was found in nearby Mecosta County. That is far more than nine so-called “zombie” whitetails identified in Ingham and Clinton counties the two previous years. It suggests the always-fatal disease has percolated in Michigan more extensively than previously known.
- Outdoors: TV networks help feed hungry with venison, other wild meats, Detroit Free Press, Oct 29, 2016
Tuesday, Outdoor Sportsman Group Networks (Outdoor Channel, Sportsman Channel and World Fishing Network) and Comcast teamed up at the mission to host a Hunt.Fish.Feed dinner for men, women and families experiencing homelessness and poverty.
Other Southern Michigan
- Novi woman watches as dog is killed, dragged away by coyotes in backyard, Detroit Free Press, Dec 11, 2019
“I worry about the safety of other family pets and more importantly the children who walk them,” she continued, saying that the police couldn’t do anything unless they got more complaints.
- Rochester Hills continues to wrestle with overpopulation of deer, C&G, Oct 23, 2018
Although deer-related car crashes are on a downward trend in Rochester Hills, city officials said motorists should be on high alert for the next three months. “We are culling deer every year,” Rochester Hills City Council President Mark Tisdel said. “We’re simply doing it with automobiles and not other methods. It’s a fact.”Each year in Michigan, there are nearly 50,000 reported deer-car crashes, according to the Michigan State Police. Around 80 percent of the accidents occur on two-lane roads between dusk and dawn, and police say the most serious crashes occur when motorists swerve to avoid a deer and hit another vehicle or a fixed object, or when their vehicle rolls over.
- Archery deer season extended for 3 urban Michigan counties, ABC12, Sept 24, 2018
Bow hunters are getting some extra time to pursue deer in parts of southeastern Michigan.
- Small dogs no match for coyotes in metro Detroit, attacks on the rise, Free Press, June 4, 2018
There have been several reports in recent months of dogs being killed or suspected of being killed by coyotes in the metro Detroit area.
- Farmington Hills woman suspects coyotes in fatal attack of small dog, Detroit Free Press, April 2, 2018
A small dog was snatched from his backyard, dragged through a creek and later discovered with fatal neck injuries in a neighbor’s yard one recent morning in Farmington Hills. Coyotes are suspected.
- Residents say Grosse Ile has a deer problem, and township isn’t solving it, Detroit Free Press, Oct 4, 2019
Phillips isn’t alone in thinking Grosse Ile’s deer are a safety issue. Island residents are living with a burgeoning deer population, and many are pushing the township government for solutions. From 2009 to 2018, the island had an annual deer cull. Four permitted hunters would cull an allotted amount of deer, keeping the population in check and the island healthy.
In January, Grosse Ile’s police chief canceled the 2019 cull. In the months since, township residents have increasingly questioned why, and township officials have been unsuccessfully trying to give an answer that sticks.
- 15 deer killed at UM-Dearborn during weekend cull, MLive, March 16, 2018
The cull aims to reduce the current white-tailed deer herd population in the area from 70 to between 20 and 30, according to the university. Based on the size of the Environmental Study Area, UM-Dearborn is opting to keep the population approximately three times higher than the size of a sustainable deer herd population recommended by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.
- Deer cull set for University of Michigan-Dearborn campus, MLink, Feb 23, 2018
DEARBORN, MI – Sharpshooters with silencers will begin conducting a deer cull this weekend, Feb. 23-24, in a 300-acre Environmental Study Area on the University of Michigan-Dearborn campus, citing concerns about elevated tick populations, an unsustainable deer population and other ongoing environmental damage.
- ‘Destructive’ deer targeted in cull at U-M Dearborn, Detroit Free Press, Feb 22, 2018
Sharpshooters will take to the trees at University of Michigan Dearborn starting Saturday to kill deer that officials say threaten the environment and could harbor disease-carrying ticks, which have been found in the area. The goal is to reduce the deer population from 70 to about 20-30. The cull will take place in part of the wooded, 300-acre Environmental Study Area during spring break.
- Livingston County now at ‘known risk’ for Lyme disease, LivingstonDaily, May 30, 2018
“This is the first time we’ve been in the red, but it’s not a surprise, because you can see the red (on the map) keeps moving east across the Lower Peninsula,” said Chelsea Lantto, health promotion coordinator for the Livingston County Health Department. “Because Ingham and Washtenaw are red, it was only a matter of time.”
- East Lansing has repeatedly declined to use lethal options to manage deer. That could change, Lansing State Journal, Jan 15, 2020
City Council is set to approve a ballot question that would ask voters whether the city should partner with the United States Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services program to conduct an annual deer cull program using professional sharpshooters. The federal agency would bring in the hunters through a contract, Lahanas told the council.
- East Lansing considers hiring deer sharpshooters, The State News, Nov 4, 2019
The survey concluded that 72% of the attendees at the meeting thought there are too many deer in the city. Sixty-five percent reported seeing between one and 20 deer near their homes in the last week.
At the city council meeting, DeShambo pointed to further education and attempts to sterilize the deer or birth control as possible options. Birth control and sterilization efforts like the one in Ann Arbor can be costly. Another possibility is culling, or hiring professionals to come in and kill the deer.
The winters being warmer than Northern Michigan have also led to less deer dying of natural causes and a higher percentage of fawns surviving their early years, Stewart said.
- Deer continuing to die on large, fenced private property in Independence Township, WXYZ.com, March 6, 2018
Many believe the deer are starving to death, and that they will continue to suffer and die unless an authority intervenes.
- DNR reports CWD-positive deer in Hamilton Township, Gratiot County, DNR News, Oct 24, 2019
Hunters encouraged to check deer in southeastern Gratiot and southwestern Saginaw counties
- Motorcycle crash with deer injures 2 in rural Bay CountyMlive, April 9, 2019
Two people were hospitalized after a deer jumped into the path of the motorcycle they were riding.
- Motorcyclist airlifted after crashing into deer, Fox 17, April 7, 2019
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A man is in the hospital after he crashed his motorcycle into a deer.
The rider suffered a severe injury as a result of the crash and was cared for at the scene before he was airlifted to Spectrum Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids.
- Woman, 27, killed in crash with deer, MLive, Dec 3, 2018
A 27-year-old woman died from injuries she suffered in a single-vehicle crash with a deer, the Allegan County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.
- Motorcycle driver in critical condition after hitting deer, The Daily News, June 8, 2018
According to Michigan State Police, a motorcycle with one occupant was traveling northbound on Masters Road when the vehicle hit a deer in the northbound lane. Upon impact, the driver was ejected off the motorcycle. Montcalm County Emergency Services medics arrived at the scene and provided first aid to the injured driver, who was unconscious. The driver was airlifted by Aeromed to a Grand Rapids hospital.
- Quincy man swerves to miss deer, hits tree, WTVB, April 17, 2019>
Troopers say he swerved to avoid hitting a deer, went off the road and struck a tree.