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Deer Management 2017 Program

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Program Establishment

On August 17, 2015, City Council approved the Resolution to Establish a Deer Management Program within the City of Ann Arbor for four years, including lethal culls on City of Ann Arbor property beginning in the winter of 2016.

In addition, City Council directed city staff to continue to explore the viability of a deer fertility control program. The non-lethal resolution stated in part:     

RESOLVED, that the City will work with local stakeholders, MDNR, willing institutions of higher education, and/or the Humane Society of the United States to design and, if practical and cost-effective, implement a doe sterilization and/or contraceptive program in areas where a deer cull is impermissible, unsafe, or ineffective, beginning in winter FY2017.  

Nonlethal Program

City staff is engaging with some citizen groups supporting nonlethal, including members of FAAWN, Ann Arbor Citizens for nonlethal deer management, and Ann Arbor Citizens for Public Safety to explore management options that may be viable for Ann Arbor. In an effort to be open and transparent in this process, staff will chronicle efforts to date as well as future activities below. If you are interested in participating in nonlethal discussions and efforts, please email deermanagement@a2gov.org or attend one of the public meetings later this year.  

Measures of Success

Under development. 

Stakeholder Meeting Summaries

Lethal Program

The City of Ann Arbor conducted the first of a four-year cull during the winter of 2016 in designated City of Ann Arbor parks and nature areas. Ann Arbor's deer management program aims to decrease the deer population in Ann Arbor in order to reduce negative deer/human interactions and support biological diversity in natural areas.  City staff is engaging with citizens on the Washtenaw Citizens for Ecological Balance.  Below is a summary of the activities being done to prepare for a lethal cull this coming winter. 

Measures of Success

Under development. 

Stakeholder Meeting Summaries

Overall 2017 Lethal & Non-Lethal Program

The overall programs are being implemented as part of an initial four year effort.  While each method (lethal and non-lethal) has measures of success, the overall program’s measures are below:

Measures of Success

Under development. 

Resources


Deer Hotline: 734.794.6295
E-mail: DeerManagement@a2gov.org