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2020 Implementation Plan 

On Nov. 18, City Council approved a resolution to contract with White Buffalo, Inc. for sharpshooting management services for the City of Ann Arbor's 2020 deer management activities, which is the fifth year of the program.  Due to limits placed on the research permit by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR), sterilization will not be part of the 2020 program. 

The city's contractor, White Buffalo, will work under a Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) amended special research permit, which allows White Buffalo sharpshooters to lethally remove up to 150 deer in designated City of Ann Arbor parks, nature areas and city-selected private parcels. The approved lethal cull aims to address the impact of deer browsing.  

Residents should be aware that interfering with the operations of the city's deer management implementation plan (e.g. tampering with bait piles) is against the law. Also, baiting deer onto private property is against state and local law, unless performed by the city's contractor.

Parks Closures

The permit allows lethal activities from Jan. 2 through Jan.26 on private property and public land. The below parks will be closed every day (including weekends) for all purposes Jan.2–Jan. 26 from 3 p.m. to midnight.

  1. Barton Nature Area (only the Foster area north of Warrington Drive)
  2. Bird Hills Nature Area
  3. Cedar Bend/Island Park
  4. Foxfire West Nature Area
  5. Huron Parkway/Braun Nature Areas
  6. Leslie Park Golf Course
  7. Leslie Woods Nature Area
  8. Oakwoods Nature Area
  9. Ruthven Nature Area
  10. South Pond Nature Area (only the area in the vicinity of the NAP office at 3875 E. Huron River Dr.)
  11. Buttonbush (a new park north of Dhu Varren Road and West of Nixon Road)
  12. Nichols Arboretum will be closed on the following dates only: Jan. 6, 13 and 20 from 3 p.m.–midnight. 

Jan. 2 through Jan. 26, several University of Michigan and Concordia university properties will be closed every day from 3 p.m. to midnight. (Refer to the 2020 Deer Management Closure Map​)

Sharpshooting will not occur from a moving vehicle, but may occur from a parked vehicle. Sharpshooting will occur by the city's contractor on city-selected, privately owned parcels subject to the owner's consent and in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations. Residents can continue with their normal daily routines since all deer management activities will occur on private property only. Unauthorized trespassing is not permitted and will be subject to enforcement action. 

Signage in multiple languages will be posted in closed parks, nature areas and university site entrances and notable access points at least 24 hours in advance of the Jan. 2 closures. Residents living adjacent to designated parks or nature areas will be informed of closures directly via postcard. 


The 2020 program will be the fifth year of deer management activities in the City of Ann Arbor. Initially, City Council approved a four year deer management plan, however, the MDNR issued a five-year research permit. To complete the MDNR permit, City Council authorized an additional year of deer management activities, which are included in the 2020 fiscal year budget. 



Deer Hotline: 734.794.6295

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