Long-Term Objectives Home » Departments » Community Services » Long-Term Objectives Page ContentWhat is the Problem?* Deer browsing is adversely impacting the bio-diversity and sustainability of plants/animals/insects in the City’s natural areas. This impact is beyond the tolerance level of some residents.Deer browsing is adversely impacting residential and commercial gardens/ landscaping on private land. This impact is beyond the tolerance level of some residents.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 and views them in a positive light. Some advocate for a change in the deer management program that includes non-lethal methods, education, and/or no action all.2020 Program Measures of SuccessEducational 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.