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- Ann Arbor Debates Deer Hunting Within City, Wide Open Spaces, Dec 29, 2014
The exploding deer population in Ann Arbor has sparked a months-long debate over whether to allow hunting inside the city to reduce deer-vehicle crashes and damage to gardens and landscaping, The Ann Arbor News reported.
- Editorial: Controlled hunt a reasonable option for balancing Ann Arbor’s urban deer population, MLive, December 28, 2014
Deer culls are regularly conducted by numerous communities in Michigan cities such as neighboring Jackson, which has carried out an annual hunt by sharpshooters since 2007. While a cull or any other methods of any deer population control are not 100% effective solution, we believe a similar hunt is worth Ann Arbor experimenting with as an economical, safe and efficient approach.
- Ann Arbor residents ponder: to cull deer or not? MLive, Dec 11, 2014
Charlie Fleetham, a consultant hired by the city, said at this point, 45 percent strongly support hunting measures being taken to control the deer population, while 14 percent moderately support it and 41 percent do not support it.
- Ann Arbor deer management: City criticized for survey stating killing is most effective option, MLive, Dec 10, 2014 — Funny– I provided input that I thought it was biased the other way! However, I do know that most of the “non-lethal” options are not legal in Michigan.
The deer survey is still open through Jan. 2. The city will be holding a meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Huron High School to seek public input on the deer issue
- Ann Arbor deer population topic of Dec. 10 public meeting at Huron High, MLive, Dec 5, 2014
- Increasing number of girls flocking to woods to hunt deer, MLink, Sept 29, 2014
- Arb and Botanical Gardens seeing ‘dramatic increase’ in damage to plants by deer, MLink, Sept 7, 2014
- Emotions high as Ann Arbor considers options for controlling urban deer population, MLink, Sept 7, 2014
Fertility control, sterilization, and trapping and relocating are not currently allowed by the DNR in Michigan.
- Ann Arbor Residents Share Deer Concerns, WEMU, Sept 3, 2014
- Ann Arbor to pick method of deer population management in public process, MLive, Aug 19. 2014
- Oh, deer: 50 car crashes caused by Ann Arbor herd in 2013, MLive, Aug 18, 2014
(Note: there are already 45 documented collisions in Ann Arbor as of this date, 2014)
- Ann Arbor OKs $20K to Create Deer Plan, Ann Arbor Chronicle, August 18, 2014
- Ann Arbor agrees to pay Humane Society for animal control and shelter services, MLive, July 8, 2014
Council Member Jane Lumm called the new contract a big step forward in resolving a difficult and frustrating situation that has existed for many years.
“It’s been quite a few years that the city has not been paying for animal control services that we receive from the Humane Society of Huron Valley,” she said. “And while the county has had a contract with HSHV, that contract was not reimbursing HSHV for the full costs of their services, and that did place an unfair burden on HSHV.”
Lumm said she also is looking forward to getting a report back from the city administrator by the end of July on options for controlling or reducing the local deer population, another animal control matter the council has been discussing.
- Issues Of The Environment: Deer Management In Ann Arbor, WEMU89.1, June 11, 2014
- Tick boom continues in Michigan; here’s what you need to know about Lyme disease, MLive, June 5, 2014
- Washtenaw County Public Health reminds residents to check for ticks when traveling, MLive, June 2, 2014
- Hunting season in Ann Arbor? City will consider killing urban deer to reduce population, MLive, May 6, 2014
- Michigan city to consider killing urban deer to reduce thriving herd, FoxNews, May 6, 2014
An aerial survey of the Marshall Nature Area in northeast Ann Arbor during late last year indicated a deer density of 76 per square mile. That’s far too many, according to Council Member Jane Lumm, a co-sponsor of the bill who claims significant health concerns propels the need for such a solution.
- Ann Arbor Acts on Deer Problem, The Ann Arbor Chronicle, May 5, 2014
- Deer by Argo Dam in Ann Arbor, May 5, 2014, video
- Ann Arbor leaders weigh options to control deer population, Video, Channel 7, Detroit
- Ann Arbor City Council adopts 2014-15 budget in early morning hours, May 2014
- Vote of “11-0 to eliminate funding for a commercial sign inventory project in favor of putting an extra $75,000 toward deer management and animal services.”
- DNR: Deer options in Ann Arbor could include everything from repellents to killing, MLive, May 9, 2014
- County Parks Commission Gives Trail Grants, The Ann Arbor Chronicle, March 25, 2014
Tetens told commissioners that WCPARC has applied for a $29,960 grant through the Michigan Dept. of Natural Resources wildlife habitat grant program. Those funds would allow WCPARC to quantify the deer impact on county parks and preserves more precisely. Everyone agrees that the growing deer population is a problem, Tetens said, but “nobody can solve it on their own.”
- There’s a tick boom in Michigan – Here are 5 things you should know, Michigan Radio, June 4, 2013
- Ann Arbor.com, discussion on “Humane methods must be considered when addressing deer control”, started Feb 7, 2013, AnnArbor.com archives
- Emotions run high in the big debate over deer hunting in Barton Hills, MLive, Feb 4, 2013
I’ve been a hunter for 20 years now, and I’ve learned a great deal about the natural world. I’ve learned the natural world is beautiful and serene, but it’s also unforgiving, unfair, stunning, miserable, and merciless. I’ve seen coyotes attack newborn fawns for breakfast while the mother doe could only watch. I’ve seen bucks fight and mortality wound each other.
Last fall I witnessed the fatal effects of EHD killing thousands of deer in the State of Michigan, a clear number still hasn’t been determined by the DNR.
My point is this; nature in all its beauty is uncaring. Nature does what it does to survive and that’s it. If hunters or sharp shooters don’t kill these deer then your car will, or disease will, or predators will.
- Authorities to thin deer herd in Barton Hills, Ann Arbor News, Jan 29, 2013
Roadway safety and landscaping issues were two of the reasons residents in the affluent village requested the USDA’s services in the matter, Wilson said.
Riad Al-Awar, who sits on the village’s board of trustees, said a survey had been sent out to all residents of Barton Hills and that this year the majority of them were returned in favor of thinning the deer herd.
- Longtime Ann Arbor dentist killed in one-car crash in St. Clair County, Ann Arbor News, Oct 9, 2012
An Ann Arbor dentist was killed in a one-car accident Sunday in St. Clair County’s Riley Township after swerving to avoid a deer while driving on Interstate 69, according to reports.
- Deer-killing EHD virus found in Washtenaw County, Ann Arbor News, Sept 25, 2012
A virus that’s killing thousands of white-tailed deer in Michigan has made its way to Washtenaw County
- Our Deer, Ann Arbor Observer, Jan 2012
- Deer Problem in Washtenaw County, Leary Journalism (blog), 2011
Perhaps only a paradigm-shifting event like a serious outbreak of disease can create pressure to find a way to reduce the deer population.
- Washtenaw County’s Taxable Value Falls, The Ann Arbor Chronicle, April 22, 2011
During their time for communications, commissioners raised several issues, including: (1) a call to support the special education millage renewal, which is on the May 3 ballot; (2) discussions about consolidating the office of community development, ETCS (the employment training and community services department) and the economic development & energy department; and (3) what to do about the growing deer population.
- Vehicle-deer crashes on the rise in Washtenaw County, southeast Michigan, Ann Arbor News, Feb 24, 2010
- Ann Arbor coyote sighting worries pet owner as experts prepare to start tracking them in region, Ann Arbor News, May 23, 2011
- Michigan Humane Society struggles with euthanization: Resignations highlight tension over high rates, Crain’s Detroit, June 12, 2011
- Fawns pop up in backyards around Washtenaw County, MLive, June 01, 2009
Other Southern Michigan
- Deer hunting season means big bucks for the economy, Detroit Free Press, Nov 12, 2014
Some of the economic impact of the active deer season is seen by auto repair shops. AAA Michigan says 1 in 5 crashes in Michigan involve deer and November is among the top months for such crashes. Last year, the auto club says 12 motorists were killed and 1,200 injured in crashes involving deer.
In 2013, there were more than 49,000 such crashes. Oakland County had the most: 1,800.
The cost of fixing car damage can easily run into the thousands of dollars. A report last year by State Farm Insurance said the average property-damage cost of deer-car incidents involving its policyholders during the last half of 2012 and the first six months of 2013 was $3,414.
- Pleasant Ridge is fawning over Baby, an orphan deer, Detroit Free Press, Nov 15, 2014
Neither the Michigan Department of Natural Resources nor the Detroit Zoo will take Baby, Magiera said. A few rescue groups have offered to take her, but no one will come to get her, and she hasn’t found a veterinarian that will sedate her in order to move her.
- Deer wants beer? Rams full-speed into brewery window, MyFox9.com, Oct 30, 2014
Employees at Griffin Claw Brewing Company saw the deer running around and started recording. That’s when the deer headed straight toward them, ramming the window at full speed.
- Deer are on the move in fall, CandGNews.com, Oct 28, 2014
A deer-feeding ban remains in place in Rochester Hills, with an ordinance prohibiting the feeding of wild animals other than birds. The ban is intended to reduce the travel patterns of deer from their natural habitat into neighborhoods where feeding stations and bait piles are provided — crossing roads and causing crashes.
Rochester Hills City Council President Gregg Hooper said he is joining this year’s statistics on deer/car crashes.
“A deer decided to jump in front of my truck,” he said. “It came out of nowhere. And $6,400 later, it is an issue for insurance companies and everybody here.”
- Oakland County Top for Deer/Vehicle Crashes: ‘Don’t Veer for Deer,’ AAA Michigan Warns, White Lake Highland Patch, November 12, 2014
One in five vehicle crashes in Michigan involves deer, which are especially active during the November rut, or mating season.
- Oakland County tops in Michigan in car-deer crashes, Oakland Press, Oct 3, 2014
In October, Michigan’s 1.75 million deer are more actively moving around, increasing the likelihood car-deer crashes, especially in populated areas with more roads and more miles driven by a larger population
- Deer remain in crosshairs at area parks
According to Oakland County Parks Natural Resources Stewardship Program, overbrowsing can alter the structure and composition of plant communities. The damage to the natural community can be seen by how long it takes the native forage plants to regenerate. Many can require up to 10 years to recover, and that’s only after the deer population is controlled.
- Deer impales itself trying to jump cemetery gate, Eye Witness News 3, Oct 11,2013
The deer was discovered dead early Friday morning by someone working at the cemetery. It’s believed the deer was an eight-point buck and appeared to have been trying to clear the gate when part of its hind quarters caught on a spike.
- Coyotes Suspected in Attack on Deer in Rochester Hills Man’s Yard, Patch.com, August 13, 2013
“I get that they’re part of the food chain and I’m not in favor of ridding Rochester Hills of coyotes,” he said. “It’s a little unnerving there might be a pack of them pretty close to the house and if they don’t eat for a while they might start looking for other things.”
- Hills deer crashes creeping upward, Rochester Media, Oct 23, 2012
Car/deer crashes have dropped significantly in Rochester Hills since the deer herd was decimated by epizootic hemorrhagic disease in 2009. But such crashes were up slightly in 2011, with the city recording the second-highest total in southeast Michigan. Oakland Township was ranked third.
- Deer herds could devastate Oakland County’s landscape, Detroit News, March 28,2009
The reality of this devastation will begin to become very obvious when the population of deer in Rochester Hills exceeds 3,000. Those deer will need to be consuming 15,000 pounds of plant materials each day, and that much food will not be there. By then, the understory of any area of woods will be bare. No new trees will be growing in the woods in Rochester Hills for many decades.
- 7 million drivers, 2 million deer, TCT Times.com, Oct 9, 2014
According to an article on bowhunting.com, “U.S. drivers are three times more likely to collide with a deer over the next 12 months than they were over the previous 12.” It continued, “Those odds have climbed to 1 in 169 drivers and nearly double during the deer breeding months of October, November, and December.”
- Hunters on Genesee County park land have to take an antlerless deer before they take aim at trophy bucks, MLive, Sept 23,2013
Hunters will have to harvest an antlerless deer first — an effort to help cull what appears to be a growing deer population at the property that makes up the E.A. Cummmings Event Center in Genesee Township.
- Hunters on Genesee County park land have to take an antlerless deer before they take aim at trophy bucks, MLive, September 28, 2013
Hunters will have to harvest an antlerless deer first — an effort to help cull what appears to be a growing deer population at the property that makes up the E.A. Cummmings Event Center in Genesee Township.
- Managed Archery Hunt Lottery Program – Genesee County, 2013
- Vehicle/deer crashes increase in Macomb County, Macomb Daily, Oct 3, 2014
The average cost of damages resulting from a car-deer crash is $2,200, based on surveys of insurance companies around the state. That amounts to approximately $130 million a year in Michigan. But the number of car crashes with deer, and their costs, could be underestimated. “Coverage is under the comprehensive portion of the policy and that’s optional coverage,” Conarton said.
- E.L. continues conversation about deer population in the city, StateNews, Nov 5, 2014
In 2011, the city conducted an online survey asking residents how concerned they were about the presence of deer in the city and the safety issues having deer around can bring to residents.
According to the city of East Lansing’s survey summary, 60 percent of the 245 respondents reported to have some type of concerns about the deer population in the city — 68 percent of the respondents reported to have concerns about the safety threats that deer can impose on residents, such as car accidents involving the four-legged animals.
- Meridian Township Takes Unique Approach to Deer Management, MUCC, Sept 29, 2014
The managed hunt is NOT open to the general public and only about 70-75 approved, qualified, competent and experienced deer hunters will be allowed to access Township property for the managed harvest. The hunt is open to archery use only, though nearby private properties can still use firearms on their own property.
- Meridian Township hosts another deer harvest this fall, Sept 12, 2014
Meridian Township continues to receive numerous complaints of deer over-population that have resulted in an increase of damage to landscaping, an increase in reports of vehicle/deer accidents, concern for public health and a disruption to the ecological balance of natural areas.
- Deer Encroachment and Damage in East Lansing Neighborhoods, EastLansingInfo.org, Aug 21, 2014
City of East Lansing is currently addressing the deer problems via a feeding ban ordinance, but to date has no formal deer management plan. Damages to private properties for some neighborhood residents are reported by them to be in the thousands of dollars.
- Meridian Township Looking To Expand Deer Hunt, WILX.com, Aug 19, 2014
Overpopulation of white-tailed deer is causing problems in the area, from ecological damage to car-deer collisions. Last year there were 180 of those accidents in the township.
- Bucks, Does Invade City, Businesses, Residents, Windstar Wildlife Institute, Nov 2010
“The only way to manage the deer population is through lethal control–but that’s much tougher to do inside of city limits,” the DNR’s Clute said. It would be up to Lansing to tell the department about its deer problem, Clute said. He added that it’s possible the DNR could work with the city to hire sharpshooters to kill some of the animals.
“But we could only do this if the city decided to waive their discharge ordinance,” Clute said. “And if they do that, it’s very time-consuming and expensive to kill them. There are no easy answers.” Clute said the primary means of thinning the herd is also the most unpleasant.
“It’s quite unfortunate that the major lethal control in cities are vehicles.”
- Dodging deer: Jackson County remains a hotspot in the state for car-deer crashes, MLive, Sept 25, 2014
In 2013, 464 car-deer crashes occurred on an interstate, state route or U.S. route and five occurred on roads with an unknown classification in Jackson County, according to the Michigan State Police Information Center Traffic Crash Reporting System.
- Nearly 2,800 pounds of venison to be distributed to needy families after deer cull at Ella Sharp Park, MLive, Feb 26, 2014
- Jackson City Council approves deer cull in Ella Sharp Park for sixth year, MLive, Jan 8, 2013
- Man dies in Saginaw County motorcycle-deer crash, Detroit Free Press, Aug 17, 2014
- Southwest Michigan’s deer herd fine in deep snow, competition reduced by 2012 disease, MLive, Feb 6, 2014
- Culling deer herds humane solution, Mining Gazette.com, Aug 14, 2008
Culling deer herds is the most humane solution. It seems like a contradiction to suggest that killing deer would be kind.
But consider the carnage on countless Michigan roadways and it’s clear that there are too many deer in Michigan, especially southern Michigan.
It also means disease for deer, an increased exposure for humans to the diseases they carry and, ultimately, slow starvation for deer herds in the winter.
- Blandford Nature Center plans three hunts for fall as deer damage shrubs, native flora MLive, July 21, 2011
Steinman knows the deer are there. This year’s crop of trillium disappeared within a week of blooming. Steinman hasn’t seen much of the adults, but the young fawns are evident as are the places they all bed down. Which is why Steinman recently announced the center once again will hold a managed fall deer hunt on the property.
- Down firearm deer hunting season expected for Southwest Michigan as herd recovers from EHD, MLive, Nov. 10, 2014
Hunters in Southwest Michigan may see more deer during the Nov. 15-30 firearm season than last year, but the deer herd is still down significantly from previous years as it recovers from disease outbreaks that ravaged the population in 2012.
- Despite drop in deer numbers, crashes still increase in fall around Holland, Holland Sentinel, Oct 14, 2014
The top five counties for crashes in 2013 were Oakland (1,801), Jackson (1,480), Kent (1,447), Lapeer (1,229) and Montcalm (1,073).
- City receives grant monies from HCCF for deer culling project, Hillsdale Daily News, Nov 13, 2011
- Deer overrun Hillsdale, Detroit Free Press, Feb 21, 2010
In the 1990s, Mike Mitchell was the city manager in Roscommon, an Up North town at the heart of the annual fall deer hunting mania. But he says that he never really saw large deer numbers until he moved 200 miles south to Hillsdale, near the Ohio border.
- Deer plan delays the inevitable “Bambi” is a great book and animated cartoon. The belief that Bambi goes on to live a beautiful life with his woodland friends, however, is not exactly based in reality., Grand Haven Tribute, Dec 2, 2013
By culling the herd in a safe, deliberate and effective manner, we could also donate the meat to help stock the refrigerators of our neighbors who have fallen on hard times. This could be a case of two birds with one stone.
It’s time for our council to bite the bullet on this one and make the tough call. They’re never going to make everyone happy, but that’s the nature of the job.
- Multiple coyotes spotted lurking around Waterford Twp.home, Fox News, Dec 18, 2013
- Deer/vehicle crashes likely to increase in coming weeks, The Hastings Banner, Dec 17, 2014
One in every five motor vehicle crashes in Michigan involves deer. With one of the two most dangerous months for deer crashes here — October and November — a traffic safety coalition is unveiling a new video aimed at deer crash safety messages for young people.
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