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Long-Term Objectives

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​​​​​What is the Problem?*

  • Deer browsing is adversely impacting beyond the tolerance level of a portion of the city’s residents, the bio-diversity and sustainability of plants/animals/insects in the City’s natural areas.
  • Deer browsing is adversely impacting beyond the tolerance level of a portion of the city’s residents, the residential and commercial gardens/ landscaping on private land.
  • Before the start of the deer management program in 2016, deer/vehicle accidents had been trending upward (from 2011-2015). ​​


*It is also important to note that a segment of the city’s residents has a higher tolerance for deer, views them in a positive light, and is advocating for a change in the deer management program that includes non-lethal methods, education, and/or no action all.

2020 Program Measures of Success

Educational Program & Public Rights​-of-Way Improvements:

  • Monitor potential areas for additional deer signage and implement installation. 
  • Continue to update the city’s deer management website.
  • Continue to update the city's interactive information/mapping tool.

​Sterilization (Non-lethal) Program:

  • Sterilization program is suspended until the Michigan Legislature makes a determination regarding its legality. 

Lethal Program:

  • Number of firearm related injuries associated with cull activities is 0.
  • Remove up to 150 deer, depending on available locations, weather and contractor recommendation.
  • Level of public park closures are acceptable to at least 75% of surveyed residents.
  • Coordinate with University of Michigan to use available locations for the deer management program.