ANN ARBOR (WWJ) - Ann Arbor is aiming to trim its sizable deer population with another hunt.
City Council approved a $150,000 plan to kill up to 150 deer living in city parks, nature areas and on some private land.
Nearly 400 deer have been culled in Ann Arbor since hunters were hired in 2016, and the city says a fifth hunt will start in January.
While the Humane Society of Huron Valley says the hunt "further traumatizes a generation of kids already facing too much violence," the Ann Arbor News reports council member Jack Eaton said deer "will overwhelm every natural feature" in Ann Arbor without proper management.
In a news release Tuesday, the city said contractor White Buffalo will work under a Michigan Department of Natural Resources permit, which allows sharpshooters to lethally remove up to 150 deer in designated City of Ann Arbor parks, nature areas and city-selected private parcels. The permit allows lethal activities from Jan. 2 through Jan. 26 on private property and public land.
Sharpshooting will not occur from a moving vehicle, but may occur from a parked vehicle, the city says. Sharpshooting will also 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.
For answers to frequently asked questions about the cull or to sign up for deer management email notifications, visit this link. Citizens with specific questions can email them to firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a message on the deer hotline 734-794-6295.