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The 2019 program will be the fourth year of a four-year City Council approved deer management plan. The program will operate under a “research” permit from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) and will include lethal removal (culling) and non-lethal sterilization of female deer. Specific 2019 implementation plans are still in development. 


On January 31, 2018 the City of Ann Arbor safely completed the 2018 deer management program, including culling and sterilization activities. Sterilization and culling activities were undertaken via an amended special research permit issued by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

2018 program activities included:  

  • Sterilization (non-lethal) — From Jan. 2-6, White Buffalo sterilized 18 female deer from three zones in Wards 1 and 2. All sterilized female deer were fitted with numbered ear tags, and one mature doe in each group was radio collared to facilitate future program efforts.
  • Lethal — From Jan. 8 to 31, White Buffalo sharpshooters lethally removed 115 deer from designated parks and nature areas, University of Michigan and Concordia properties and city-selected private parcels with owner consent. All culling operations were completed safely.