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City Seeks Deer Management Input from Residents

Archived News Release: April 6, 2016 - ​On Aug. 17, 2015, City Council approved a resolution to establish a deer management program within the city of Ann Arbor for the next four years, including culls on City of Ann Arbor property which began this winter. In addition, City Council directed city staff to continue to explore the viability of a deer fertility control program.

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.

Between April 6 and April 29, 2016, the city is conducting an online survey to evaluate residents' interactions with and attitudes about deer in the city of Ann Arbor, as well as, attitudes toward the city's deer management plan. The online A2 Open City Hall survey, available at, will take approximately 20 minutes to complete. In order for opinions and experiences to be captured, participants must register and sign in to A2 Open City Hall. Although you can choose to provide anonymous feedback, registration is required, which allows results to be mapped by ward.

In consultation with the UM Survey Research Center, survey questions underwent an expert panel review as well as focus group pretesting to minimize bias and ensure question clarity.  

Per resolution, City Council directed city staff to conduct an A2 Open City Hall survey in the spring in order to gather feedback about deer management efforts and include responses in a deer management report due to Council in May.

More information about Ann Arbor's Deer Management Program is available at

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