January 6, 2017
The city of Ann Arbor on Friday announced the dates of its deer-management program that will include some University of Michigan property.
Earlier this fall, university officials agreed to participate in the city’s 2017 deer-management program as an act of good citizenship.
The city will first initiate a nonlethal deer-sterilization program Jan. 22-Jan. 29 in two areas of Wards 1 and 2. No U-M property will be included in the sterilization program.
A lethal program of deer management utilizing specially trained wildlife sharpshooters will follow Jan. 30-Feb. 13 in several city parks and natural areas. The city’s goal is to remove up to 100 deer. Once processed, the venison will be donated to the local food bank, Food Gatherers.
Both segments of the city’s deer-management program will be carried out by a city contractor, White Buffalo. Sharpshooters will operate on U-M property for a more limited time frame of Jan. 30-Feb. 2, when the U-M properties involved will be closed each day, 3 p.m.-midnight. They include:
This map shows U-M property that is included in the deer cull. View a larger version.
• Nichols Arboretum.
• Acreage south of Glazier Way and east of Fuller Road.
• Acreage south of Hubbard and west of Huron Parkway.
Signage in multiple languages will be posted at the designated parks and natural area entrances and other access points to notify visitors 24 hours in advance of closures. The university’s Division of Public Safety and Security will ensure the university community is properly notified and that signage is posted prominently in the designated cull areas.
According to the city, sharpshooting will not occur from a moving vehicle but may occur from a parked vehicle. Sharpshooting may occur by the city’s contractor on city-selected, large, privately owned parcels subject to the owner’s consent and in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations.
The university has agreed to contribute approximately 15 percent of the total cost of the cull, not to exceed $25,000, which is the approximate percentage of university-owned property within Wards 1 and 2 of the city.
Residents living adjacent to designated parks or nature areas will be informed of closures directly via postcard to arrive the week of Jan. 9. In addition, the city’s communication office will utilize local media, social media, Community Television Network, the city’s website and email notifications to inform citizens of park closures.