Michigan Deer News

Bovine TB – It takes a community May 24, 2016 Michigan, Michigan State University Extension
... What can a community do in the case of bTB? Here are a few things, but certainly not an exhaustive list.  Communicate the importance of agriculture and the need for protection against wildlife that may carry bTB to non-farming neighbors.  Collectively monitor changes in deer density and behavior...

Time is wasting to reap rewards of fall planting May 22, 2016 Michigan, Argus Press
...With the recent and predictable news of the expansion of the Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) management areas in southern Michigan, the handwriting is on the wall. The practice of deer baiting, as we’ve known it, is on the way out...

State expands management area for wasting disease in deer May 19, 2016 Michigan, Lansing State Journal
... expand the Core CWD Area from nine townships in three counties to 17 townships in four counties ... Successful hunters in the eight new townships will be required to take their deer to a DNR check station to be tested for the fatal neurological disease ...

... Baker presents deer-proofing seminars, educational programs and backyard consultations in her capacity as consultant to the Humane Society of the United States.... Traverwood Branch Library on Saturday, June 4 ...

Kivela CWD bill passes House May 17, 2016 Michigan, WNMU-FM
...  The state House has approved a bill that increases the penalties for illegally bringing a deer carcass into Michigan from another state that has chronic wasting disease... 

... The city plans to conduct a second annual cull next winter while continuing to explore other options and collecting more data on the city's deer population and the extent of damage being caused by deer...

...  grant proposal to purchase approximately 680-acres of the Crystal Waters, LLC property in London Township, Monroe County... would be managed for deer, turkey, small game and waterfowl habitat, along with hunting ...

CWD realities continue to spread May 5, 2016 Michigan, Port Huron Times Herald
... it has been a year since chronic wasting disease was found in a wild Michigan deer. Since May 20, 2015, six more deer have been found with the infectious, incurable disease that kills deer by destroying their brains. Each seems to have come from an area farther from that first sick deer found in Ingham County...

...  a recent online survey conducted by the city show a slim majority of respondents — 54.4 percent — support continuing lethal methods to reduce the deer population, while 45.3 percent are opposed.  A larger majority — 61.4 percent — support implementing nonlethal methods such as contraceptives or sterilization ...

... For the first few weeks of a white-tailed deer fawn’s life, its mother will cache or hide it in secluded locations. This behavior helps reduce the potential of predators finding the fawn.  A fawn’s spots are excellent camouflage ... are virtually odorless when they are young...

Ann Arbor, City Council unanimously passes 2017 budget May 3, 2016 Michigan, The Michigan Daily
... includes $35,000 to study non-lethal alternatives to the city’s controversial deer cull ... “Let Ann Arbor once more be a leader,” McGee said. “Let’s unite this community behind something positive, and let’s benchmark non-lethal methods for deer management in the state of Michigan.” ...

Lets Ditch the Big, Bad Wolf Clich April 29, 2016 Michigan, Daily Beast
... “Wolves provide a firewall against new diseases in deer,” Rolf Peterson told a Michigan Senate committee when the issue of wolf hunting was being debated. “A very obvious example may be chronic wasting disease.” Chronic wasting disease (CWD) is a brain disease, like Mad Cow Disease, and it’s one of the major threats to deer populations, after it spread from deer farms and captive hunting facilities to free-ranging deer populations ...

UP wolf survey shows no significant change in population April 28, 2016 Michigan, UpperMichigansSource.com
... Currently, deer numbers in the U.P. are at lows not seen in decades and we wondered if there would be a decline in wolf numbers ... a minimum of 618 wolves ...  no significant change since 2014...

DNR steps up chronic wasting monitoring April 27, 2016 Michigan, Petoskey News-Review
... (DNR) wants to double the number of core areas monitored for deadly chronic wasting disease.  This expansion would include six new townships in Eaton County and two in Clinton County... The first case in the state was discovered at a deer farm in 2008 ... “You’ll see the damage maybe 40 years down the road. We’re trying to prevent that now.” ...

Natural Resources Commission approves year-round coyote hunting April 26, 2016 Michigan, UpperMichigansSource.com
...  an increase in complaints in both urban and rural areas. The DNR is also hoping this helps the deer population in the Upper Peninsula...

... a cattle herd in Oscoda County tested positive for Bovine Tuberculosis...Now ... a free ranging white tail deer in Presque Isle County has tested positive ... 

Why Plus/Minus is Good Enough for Deer Management April 20, 2016 Michigan, Michigan United Conservation Clubs
... More states are heading in the direction of using estimates to manage deer herds based on trends year to year, but like Michigan, also taking other factors such as deer damage, and road kill into account as well. No, Michigan does not know an EXACT number, but they are confident in a LIKELY number, and more importantly, how the deer population is trending....

Portage, Deer forum in Portage draws large crowd April 15, 2016 Michigan, WNWN-FM
... DNR Deer Specialist Chad Stevens told Portage residents last night that getting rid of them can be expensive, controversial and never-ending, because deer generally do better in suburban settings than they do in the wild...

Why moose were trapped, crated off this Michigan island April 13, 2016 MLive.com
... "From 1934 to 1937, the Michigan Conservation Department live-trapped 71 moose on the island for release on the mainland," ... Surveys in the mid 1940s show the experiment largely failed. The state's moose population was not gaining a foothold...

Natural Resources Commission to meet Thursday in Lansing April 11, 2016 Michigan, MDNR News
... At 10 a.m., the Policy Committee on Wildlife and Fisheries will discuss fall turkey and migratory game bird regulations and receive reports on chronic wasting disease response measures ... Following public comments, the NRC is expected to set migratory game bird hunting seasons, elk regulations and license quotas, coyote and nighttime predator hunting regulations ...

     Upcoming meetings to detail available cost-sharing programs.  Private landowners interested in helping to maintain or improve Upper Peninsula deer wintering habitat can learn more about the subject and cost-share programs ...Of the 10.6 million acres of land in the U.P., roughly 20 percent is managed by the state... In the U.P., where deer have to migrate to survive winter, they gather on about 30 percent of their range. 

Ann Arbor seeks feedback on deer cull in new survey April 6, 2016 Michigan, Mlive.com
... Sharpshooters hired by the city killed 63 deer ... The new survey, intended to gauge public opinion following the first cull, asks residents about their interactions with deer and attitudes toward deer in Ann Arbor, as well as opinions about the city's deer management plan ...

Ann Arbor, Council member's emails about deer cull scrutinized by critics April 5, 2016 Michigan, MLive
... Sanzotta said the emails her group obtained through the Freedom of Information Act will be posted on www.savethedeer.info... David Silkworth, a 5th Ward resident, spoke out at the meeting, saying he has reviewed the emails and believes they show a lack of integrity. "What I've learned during my research has proven to me that the scales were truly unbalanced, and the truth has suffered ...
     Residents call for city councilmember's resignation for unethical behavior April 5, 2016 Micigan, The Michigan Daily
... Opponents of the Ann Arbor deer cull accused the body of unethical behavior prior to the cull’s approval in 2015, calling for the resignation of Councilmember Jane Lumm (I–Ward 2) at Monday’s City Council meeting... multiple council members and Mayor Christopher Taylor (D) came to Lumm’s defense ...

Ann Arbor, 2 lawsuits seeking to prevent urban deer culls pending in Michigan courts April 5, 2016 MLive.com
... In a five-page press release provided at the meeting, the anti-cull group states it is suing the DNR, which permitted the deer cull in Ann Arbor, for exceeding its authority.  "AARP challenges as excessive DNR's orchestration of the killing of hundreds of deer at Ann Arbor's public parks between now and 2019 ...

DNR awards $100,000 to groups for healthy deer habitats April 4, 2016 Michigan, Upper Michigans Source
... The Ontonagon County Whitetails is just one of many to help maintain a healthy deer population... For the past eight years, there has been a Deer Habitat Partnership Grant Program to help bring the numbers back up...

DNR sets Drummond Island white-tailed deer management meeting April 4, 2016 Michigan, UpperMichigansSource.com
... The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has scheduled an April 25 public meeting to discuss white-tailed deer management on Drummond Island...

To fight chronic wasting disease among deer, we must act now April 3, 2016 Michigan, Detroit Free Press
... When a deer infected by Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) nibbles a plant, the prion infection in its saliva absorbs into the plant’s roots and into the soil, and it emerges again with new sprouts. Should another deer graze that same trail, it will become infected with the fatal neurological disease. And Eaton County definitely is home to CWD...

...  shot the deer Nov. 16 on Gillette Road with a .22-caliber rifle, which is prohibited for killing deer in Michigan ...

... The DNR is eyeing Verona, Tuscola, Deford and Minden City state game areas. ... Maintaining habitats for pheasant, deer, rabbits, turkeys and others to provide quality hunting is a goal ... plans will be available for review through April 25 ...

Grand Haven, 70-plus petition signatures collected toward Grand Haven deer cull March 29, 2016 Michigan, WZZM13.com
... Opponents of a deer cull turned in more than 400 petition signatures from previous years.  Although the signatures are no longer current, it shows the recent history of this heated debate...

Two deer in Lansing area test positive for CWD March 28, 2016 Michigan, Midland Daily News
... One of the newly confirmed CWD-positive deer is a nine-month-old male from Ingham County’s Meridian Township, the other a nearly three-year-old female from Clinton County’s Watertown Township. The seven-deer total is from nearly 4,900 deer tested for CWD since May 2015...

Marine Patrol Sergeant Rick Holtgrave of Branch Co. along with DNR Officer Isaac Tyson received a call from 911 that a deer was on the ice and unable to stand up. I have to say it was fun rescuing the deer, Also very good training with the Hovercraft. - March 21, 2016


     The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has confirmed two additional free-ranging deer have tested positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD), a fatal neurological disease that affects white-tailed deer, mule deer, elk and moose.  One of the newly confirmed CWD-positive deer is a 9-month-old male from Meridian Township (Ingham County), and the other is a 2 ¾-year-old female from Watertown Township (Clinton County)...

DNR awards $100000 in deer habitat improvement grants March 18, 2016 Michigan, UpperMichigansSource.com
... The Deer Habitat Improvement Partnership Initiative is a competitive grant program designed to enhance deer habitat on non-state lands in the Upper Peninsula.  Now in its eighth year ...  27 grant project proposals received this year ...

Two more local deer test positive for wasting disease March 18, 2016 Michigan, Lansing State Journal
... Nearly 4,900 deer have been tested for CWD since the first case was detected in a Meridian Township deer in early 2015, the DNR said. All seven CWD-positive deer were found in Ingham and Clinton counties...

Ann Arbor, Two-year push for deer cull reveals city divide March 17, 2016 Michigan, The Michigan Daily
... large deer populations also increase the risk of tick-borne illnesses such as Lyme disease... according to Christopher Dick, associate professor of ecology at the University, who has spoken in favor of the cull. [according to a recent study in Zoonoses and Public Health, 2015 ... Currently, there is insufficient evidence to recommend deer population reduction as a Lyme disease prevention measure, except in specific ecologic circumstances. (island environments), more research]

... Our exclusion treatment (deer browsing) significantly affected soybean yields (P=0.001). Yield loss at the field scale ranged from 0% to 100 percent in one case, averaging 10 percent or 3.89 bushels per acre across all fields and cages... In areas with high deer densities, damage to field crops through feeding, trampling and bedding can reduce harvestable yields. In some parts of the state, the presence of deer on farms also represents potential for disease transmission to livestock. Of primary concern is Bovine Tuberculosis (TB)...

DNR biologists conducting UP wolf survey March 9, 2016 Michigan, UpperMichigansSource.com
... Originally native to Michigan, wolves had all but vanished from the Upper Peninsula - not including Isle Royale - by the early 1960s. This occurred through hunter bounties and as white-tailed deer populations declined.

Ann Arbor, Peaceful memorial rally in Ann Arbor honors lives of 63 deer killed March 6, 2016 Michigan, MLive.com
...  Four dozen peace activists gathered Saturday afternoon in downtown Ann Arbor for a memorial rally honoring the lives of 63 deer recently killed by hired sharpshooters ... hung 63 prayer flags along Fifth Avenue ...

Norton Shores, Who killed 18 deer in Norton Shores? Cops don't know, but deaths ceased March 5, 2016 Michigan, MLive.com
... Whoever was killing deer near Lake Harbor Park apparently has stopped since authorities issued a public notice seeking information about the illegal activity...

... This year, Chronic Wasting Disease was a big item on the agenda... The disease hasn’t been spotted in the UP ...  They’ll be monitoring the counties bordering Wisconsin, where it has been seen ... Efforts are being made to revive the population, such as habitat improvement and a limitation on bow hunting licenses...

DNR proposes adding 8 townships to CWD area March 3, 2016 Michigan, Lansing State Journal
... "There would be a one-month window in which the commission would gather public input and then it would be up for approval in May," ... efforts to eradicate or contain CWD in the mid-Michigan deer herd are continuing through the winter. Sharpshooters with the U.S. Department of Agriculture continue to go afield each week in areas where CWD-positive deer have been found...

... The city is planning to conduct culls annually under a four-year deer
management program ... also giving further consideration to non-lethal options heading into next year... a total of 63 deer were killed by U.S. Department of Agriculture sharpshooters ...  there have been reports via the Nextdoor online app of deer being shot with bow and arrow, including one in Bird Hills Nature Area that reportedly collapsed in front of a runner. ... [Map from city of Annn Arbor locations of deer during helicopter survey]

Amid harsh winters, Upper Peninsula deer need all the help they can get  February 29, 2016 Michigan, Midland Daily News
... a pair of nasty winters back to back, in 2013 and 2014, had a big effect ...  “Predation, hunter harvest and winter severity all contribute to deer population fluctuations; however, winter habitat quality is the most important factor influencing deer population trends,” ...

DNR may expand coyote hunting rules February 26, 2016 Michigan, Detroit Free Press
...  expanding the day and night coyote hunting season to year-round, but would keep the spring ban on hunting with dogs from April 16 to July 7...

East Lansing, Ordinance passage means EL deer hunt could happen February 25, 2016 Michigan, Lansing State Journal
... Council members passed an ordinance Tuesday which gives them the authority to allow a hunt for wildlife management purposes....

Kivela testifies in committee on bill protecting UP deer herd February 23, 2016 Michigan, UpperMichigansSource.com
... Kivela's bill would increase the penalties for illegally bringing a deer carcass into the state from another stated with the known presence of CWD [chronic wasting disease] to a fine of between $500 and $2,000, and/or a sentence of up to 90 days in jail...

... the city already spent close to $50,000 on activities associated with the cull, not even counting the contract with the USDA for the cull ... advocates of non-lethal methods are planning to collect petition signatures to force a vote of the people on a city charter amendment in the November election to prohibit future culls ...
     Ann Arbor deer count increases from last year February 23, 2016 Michigan, MLive
... aerial survey of the deer population, showing 202 deer were counted. That's up from the 168 deer counted the last time the city conducted a helicopter flyover in March 2015, despite the fact that 51 deer in city parks were killed by hired sharpshooters ...

...Severe winters in 2013 and 2014 raised concerns about the condition of the 57 known deer wintering complexes scattered across the Upper Peninsula. The Upper Peninsula Habitat Workgroup was formed in 2014 with the mission of improving and conserving winter deer habitat in the Upper Peninsula....

Ann Arbor, Helicopter flyover to count Ann Arbor deer today February 18, 2016 Michigan, MLive 
... The city's first helicopter flyover last February counted 116 deer in the city, and an expanded aerial survey last March counted 168 deer, including areas just outside the city...

Mt. Pleasant’s herd trimmed by 10 February 12, 2016 Michigan, The Morning Sun
... The culling, held annually from 2009 to 2012 and now held in alternating years ... Mt. Pleasant officials, facing pressure from neighborhoods on the west side of town, first authorized thinning the city’s deer herd in 2009...

Elk monitoring in Michigan starts from above February 10, 2016 MDNR News  
 ...   “Every other year, we conduct the survey by counting elk from an airplane,” ... In recent survey years, population estimates of elk were 1,040 (2012) and 668 (2014).  A total of 1,002 individual elk were counted during the 2016 survey, giving a population estimate of 1,371 elk. The number of animals seen during an aerial survey is always an underestimate, because not all can be seen from the airplane...

Footage of the 2016 elk survey by plane.



Otsego County 2015 deer harvest up in all categories February 9, 2016 Michigan, Petoskey News
... Does made up 29 percent of archery harvests and 59 percent of harvested deer were bucks. ... archers tend to opt for a physically larger doe with more meat, where rifle hunters are more likely to target a buck with less meat but larger antlers or head for a wall mount...

DNR seeks public's help monitoring moose February 8, 2016 Michigan, MDNR News
     The Michigan Department of Natural Resources asks those who live in
Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, or those who are just visiting, to share any moose sightings through the Moose Observation Report form, now available online. The DNR has been monitoring Michigan's moose population since the species’ reintroduction to the state in the 1980s ... the DNR conducts aerial surveys across the core moose range in the western Upper Peninsula... Those who spot a moose are asked to report the sighting online at mi.gov/moose

Ann Arbor, Deer cull fell short on planning, and controversy followed February 6, 2016 Michigan, MLive
... Ann Arbor lacks area-wide assessment of deer-browse damage, relying instead on an observational study in a single park. An area-wide study has now been contracted, but results will be uninterpretable: With no pre-cull baseline, it can't assess the impact of current culling, or even establish the necessity of an Ann Arbor cull to begin with...

Harbor Springs, Debate over deer park splits Harbor Springs February 4, 2016 Michigan, Interlochen Public Radio
... a two-acre, fenced-in enclosure  ... “One buck in particular was throwing himself against the fence, trying to get away from the bullets and trying to release himself," ... that’s how the city controlled the herd population ... [more at  Change.org]

... The shooting of deer that's happening right now in Ann Arbor parks and nature areas is expected to be the first in a series of annual culls... opponents of the cull are getting ready to start collecting petition signatures to force a public vote in November ...
     Ann Arbor, Images of dead deer inspire new protests against Ann Arbor deer cull February 2, 2016 Michigan, The Michigan Daily
... On Tuesday morning, an Ann Arbor resident found a dead doe and her unborn fetus, still in its embryonic sac, in Leslie Park Golf Course, one of 114 public areas in the city in which the deer cull is being carried out... examiners discovered a hole on the half-eaten carcass of the doe that they believed to have been a bullet hole according to HSHV...
     Ann Arbor, Humane Society unable to determine cause of death for deer found in Leslie Park February 1, 2016 Michigan, MLive.com
... Some residents have speculated the deer was shot by one of the sharpshooters hired by the city to kill deer in the parks and then, after getting away, was attacked by one or more coyotes while injured ..

Illegal hunter pays state for deer February 1, 2016 Michigan, Daily Reporter 
... The trooper confiscated the seven-point buck, and when he took Wegman back to his home, Owen found five deer, all of which has been taken recently...  must pay the Department of Natural Resources $1,000 for each of the five deer...

Predator-Prey Study: Wolves not threat to deer you may think January 31, 2016 Michigan, MLive
... The Predator Prey Project, is a three-phase endeavor that examines ecological interactions in low-snow, moderate-snow and deep-snow regions of the western U.P... "Predation was the leading cause of mortality, 3.5 times more hazardous than human-caused mortality sources ... Overall, coyotes were the leading cause of adult female mortality, followed by wolves." ...

Ann Arbor, U.S. Judge Tarnow’s smart aleck remark maligns deer hunters January 28, 2016 Michigan, Lansing State Journal 
... Earlier this month the Detroit Free Press quoted the judge as endorsing Ann Arbor’s decision to use federal agents “rather than …traditional hunters with carrots and six packs of beer.” ...

Ann Arbor, Ann Arbor facing second lawsuit over deer cull January 27, 2016 Michigan, MLive
... The seven-page complaint notes that, under Michigan law, all animals in the state are legally considered the property of the people of Michigan.  "The city's deer cull is impairing and destroying the natural resources of this state and will continue to do so unless enjoined by this court," ...

Ann Arbor, Humane Society investigating deer carcass found on Ann Arbor golf course January 26, 2016 Michigan, MLive.com
... Shunahsii Rose, who lives next to Leslie Park and saw the deer carcass Tuesday morning, believes the deer was shot overnight at one of the bait piles in Leslie Park, escaped wounded, and then later died in another area...

Deer Habitat Improvement Partnership Initiative January 20, 2016 Michigan, MDNR
... The Deer Habitat Improvement Partnership Initiative is a grant program designed to foster productive relationships between the DNR, sportsmen's organizations, concerned citizens and other partners that produce tangible deer habitat improvement benefits and educate the public about the importance of the work and the scientific principles involved in it. This initiative is targeted for implementation only in the Upper Peninsula (U.P.) at this time...

Weather grays wolf count January 15, 2016 Michigan, The Detroit News
... Michigan’s estimated 636 wolves  ... “It’s not going to be easy this year because they are more spread out and deer have not migrated in many areas,” ...

Efforts to contain deer disease continue January 15, 2016 Michigan, Lansing State Journal
... Two deer, each estimated at 18 months old, recently tested positive for chronic wasting disease, one taken in DeWitt Township and the other in Watertown Township east of Grand Ledge. The deer were the first found since three deer in Meridian Township were identified with the disease last summer...  sharpshooters from the U.S. Department of Agriculture returned to the township earlier this week ...

Ann Arbor, Ten parks removed from Ann Arbor deer cull January 14, 2016 Michigan, The Michigan Daily
...The deer cull — initiated as a city-wide attempt to control the growing deer population by killing a portion of it — has generated significant controversy in past months, including both frequent protests and legal complaints...

Oscoda, Three Oscoda men save deer in daring Foote ice rescue January 13, 2016 Michigan, iosconews.com
...  A first-year fawn was on thin ice last week and was returned to safety by the daring efforts of three Oscoda men who live in homes overlooking Foote Pond....

Ann Arbor, Sharpshooters can begin Ann Arbor deer kill January 12, 2016 Michigan, Detroit Free Press 
... U.S. District Judge Arthur Tarnow concluded that there was no "imminent danger"  ... the cull controversy belongs in state court, not federal court ...
     Federal judge denies request to pause Ann Arbor deer cull January 11, 2016 Michigan, MLive
... The judge gave the plaintiffs, who filed their lawsuit last week, seven days to amend their complaint and articulate the basis for federal jurisdiction...   attorney Barry Powers, who argues there are laws against hunting in cities, as well as against hunting at night and using sound suppressors, that will be violated if any shooting occurs...

DNR seeks input on plans for state game areas in southwestern Michigan January 11, 2016 MDNR News
     Department of Natural Resources state game area managers are seeking public input related to master plans for several areas in the southwestern region of Michigan... These plans will be available for review through Feb. 6. Comments may be submitted directly to the author via email [see links to the plans and email addresses for comment] ...

Natural Resources Commission to meet Thursday in Thompsonville January 11, 2016 Michigan, MDNR News
... ... The day begins with an 8:30 a.m. meeting of the Policy Committee on Finance and Administration. The committee will discuss outcomes of the hunting and fishing license structure, deer range improvements and the Forest Development Fund. The committee also will provide an update on audits involving the Department of Natural Resources...

DNR to hold CWD meeting in DeWitt Township Tuesday January 11, 2016 Michigan, Lansing State Journal
...“An archery hunter brought his deer from Watertown Township into a DNR check station to have it aged and receive a successful hunter patch. He wasn’t going to have it tested,” Stewart said. “We suggested that he test just in case. If he hadn’t agreed, we may not have found another suspect.” ...

Ann Arbor, Deer cull turns Ann Arbor into 'killing fields' January 9, 2016 Michigan, Detroit Free Pres
... The plaintiffs allege that the deer kill is not justified for the following reasons:  According to an aerial survey, there are only 116 deer within the 24- square-mile area of Ann Arbor. There’s no Lyme disease and car accidents because of deer have decreased over the past four years...

Ann Arbor deer under threat from city January 8, 2016 Michigan, Examiner
... a deer “cull” ... an organization named FAAWN (Friends of Ann Arbor Wildlife in Nature) is working to protect the city’s deer population and you as well. ... A more high-tech solution may implement motion-detecting sprinklers to scare the animals if they get too close. An ordinance allowing higher fences would let gardeners erect barriers high enough to prevent deer from hopping over ...

Ann Arbor, Lawsuit filed against Ann Arbor over deer cull resolution January 6, 2016 Michigan, The Michigan Daily
... Ann Arbor currently has about 15-20 deer per square mile, which the suit claims to be the amount recommended by Michigan Natural Features Inventory biologists to promote the ecological health and functioning of natural communities...

Plan in place to keep U.P. CWD free January 6, 2015 Michigan, Daily Press
... The closest case was found in a deer living in a captive facility in the area of Pembine, Wis., which is about 25 miles away from the Michigan-Wisconsin border... the DNR cannot determine how likely CWD is to infect the area's deer population...

Ann Arbor, Officials not releasing information about deer cull in Ann Arbor January 6, 2015 Michigan, MLive
... city officials and the U.S. Department of the Agriculture, whose sharpshooters are contracted to carry out the cull through March 1, so far have declined to comment ... Protests against the cull continued at Monday night's standing-room-only City Council meeting...

Deer Park issue remains hot button topic for many January 6, 2015 Michigan, Harbor Light
... residents of the city and surrounding townships gathered in two distinct camps, each hoping to persuade City Council to either keep open or put an end to the tradition of keeping captive whitetail deer in a fenced area, as has been the case since 1946...

State continues efforts to combat chronic wasting disease in 2016 January 5, 2016 Michigan, Michigan Radio Network
...  in addition to the core testing area, the DNR plans to continue aggressive measures to control the disease in 2016 by using sharpshooters to go after deer in areas CWD is found and issuing disease control permits to people ...

'Stop the shoot!' crowd tells Ann Arbor council about deer cull January 5, 2016 Michigan, MLive
... Robert McGee, founder of Ann Arbor Residents for Nonlethal Deer Management, criticized the city for asking the state to classify the cull as a non-hunting activity so a safety-zone requirement wouldn't apply. The DNR responded last month by saying there does need to be a safety zone and no shooting can occur within 450 feet of occupied buildings without written consent from the owners or occupants.  ...

Ann Arbor, Tensions mount as Ann Arbor deer cull is set to begin January 4, 2016 Michigan, MLive.com
... "The law says you can't hunt at night. They are hunting at night," Powers said, arguing the use of silencers also is illegal... The plaintiffs also argue state laws and regulations on the discharge of firearms and hunting outlaw the taking of game in city parks...

Ann Arbor, Group files lawsuit against Ann Arbor in attempt to stop deer shoot January 2, 2016 Michigan, MLive
... More than a dozen members of a newly formed group called Ann Arbor Residents for Public Safety have filed a 97-page lawsuit against the city — as well as a long list of city, state and federal officials — in U.S. District Court... characterizes the deer cull as a risky "urban assault  ... an appreciable chance of causing serious injury to plaintiffs or others within the sphere of danger ..."

Ann Arbor,  A Fight Over Deer As Ann Arbor Readies for First-Ever Cull January 1, 2016 Michigan, Michigan Radio
. ... deer eat the native plants ... Deer-car collisions weren't (yet) going up ... Officials surveyed residents.  About half supported a cull ... the city chose that path - hiring trained marksmen ... "The idea that we're killing wildlife because we're worried about a few plants is absolutely outrageous," ...

Deer killed outside CWD zone in Clinton County may have disease December 30, 2015 Michigan, Lansing State Journal
... a deer killed by a bow hunter in Watertown Township this month might have been carrying chronic wasting disease... it would be the fifth wild deer in the state to test positive ...

...  found near Dewitt in Clinton County...

... Some groups do not believe CWD has a devastating impact on deer populations and instead think that by leaving deer alone they will grow resistant to the disease. On the contrary, some infected western deer populations have been reduced by half, with CWD contributing greatly to this decline...

Habitat provided by eastern hemlock forests may be in jeopardy December 29, 2015 Michigan, Michigan State University Extension
... An invasive forest pest called the hemlock woolly adelgid is looming on the horizon, however, and its establishment could eliminate the eastern hemlock from the forested landscape of Michigan...the overlapping of the branches of mature hemlock trees offers white tail deer sheltered bedding grounds during winter months ...

CWD: What Michigan does differently December 25, 2015 The Northwoods River News
... Chad Steward ... believes CWD has not proliferated in Michigan because it was caught early ... it had been there much longer than when we found it here. I think that is the main difference ... the tactics that Michigan uses vary that greatly from the CWD control plan in place in Wisconsin...

Ann Arbor, Sharpshooters must get permission to shoot deer near homes December 24, 2015 MLive.com
...  he doesn't support the cull and he's not looking forward to having sharpshooters in the woods around his home.  He said he hasn't seen many deer this year, but there is one young buck he regularly sees.  "And he comes along and almost talks to you," he said. "He looks at you, and he's very friendly. We've sort of grown fond." ...

Ann Arbor, Group protests deer cull before Council meeting December 22, 2015 Michigan, The Michigan Daily
... Larry Collins, fire chief and interim community services administrator, was charged with organizing the logistics of the cull. In an interview Monday before the vote, he said for the cull to be effective the city cannot cater exclusively to the community’s wants...

...Council members decided allowing sharpshooters to shoot deer in those parks wasn't worth it given the adverse impacts the closures would have on residents who rely on using them ... Council Members Jack Eaton, Graydon Krapohl and Jane Lumm were against changing the plan ...

Manistee, City again considering cull December 21, 2015 Michigan, UpNorthLive.com
... Eric Gustad voted against the motion. He says he'd like to see more details. "...The blank check was a concern for me, without the details. There was no detail, whatsoever..." ... Josh Penland says the information his committee gathered was clear to him, that culling the deer was not a long term fix.  In fact, he says, some data show the deer problem is getting better on its own...

DNR official says Local herd 'collapsing' December 21, 2015 Michigan, Daily Mining Gazette
... since 2013 there has been a significant drop in the U.P. deer population.  "The best we can tell, the last three years our numbers have gone down 50 to 60 percent .. We had vast areas where we weren't seeing anything."  ... south of Houghton County ... in 2013 the fawn mortality rate was 100 percent. In 2104 it was about 90 percent ...

House Bill 5146 (2015) Natural resources; hunting; penalties for possessing the carcass of a deer or elk killed in a state listed as a state containing chronic wasting disease; increase. Amends sec. 40118 of 1994 PA 451 (MCL 324.40118).

Legislator talks about deer season with hunters December 21, 2015 Michigan, ABC 10 UP
...  all the calls I am getting is that the deer numbers are very much down for the last couple cold winters we have had ... A new predator has made its way into the number one spot this season in contributing to the deer mortality – the coyotes...

State Representative Scott Dianda held a town hall meeting to get some feedback from the hunters who have been out in the woods this season.


Ann Arbor, Are Ann Arbor's deer enough of a threat to warrant firepower? December 21, 2015 Michigan, MLive
... Ann Arbor says we'll use up to $140,000 of taxpayer money for each of the next four years for a cull, we have no data on why a cull is needed — nor do we have a goal on what it is supposed to achieve. How many deer are acceptable? What plants are endangered and where? Other cities study deer management for years ...For several years, the USDA Wildlife Services has been under a vast amount of criticism for cruel and corrupt practices ...

Orphaned deer from Pleasant Ridge does well in new home December 21, 2015 Michigan, Detroit Free Press
...  moved from Pleasant Ridge, where residents fawned over the white-tailed doe after her mother was struck and killed by a vehicle ... , allowing Baby to live there with another doe, 2-year-old Summer, in an outdoor enclosure ...

Manistee Votes To Move Forward With Deer Cull December 17, 2015 Michigan, 9&10 News
... From comments to article:  Deer Herd report on city website includes accident/dispatch report. When chronologically put in order by date shows a decline in accidents and calls ... James Smith said this isn't a safety or public health issue but a nuisance issue... Our public survey suggest public leans towards non lethal control... The majority of council went in a different direction... Read the report

CWD scary, but not enough to quit hunting December 17, 2015 Michigan, Port Huron Times Herald
... the first case of chronic wasting disease had been discovered in a hunter-killed deer in the Cody area. Yes. State officials hadn’t gotten around to telling him yet. The infected deer was the one he had killed — and partially eaten... 

Kivela bill would help protect UP deer herd from CWD December 17, 2015 Michigan, UpperMichigansSource.com
... State Representative John Kivela recently introduced legislation to increase the penalties for illegally bringing a deer carcass into Michigan from another state that is known to have deer with Chronic Wasting Disease...

Coyote population is constantly increasing December 17, 2015 Michigan, Coldwater Daily Reporter
...  if you're a deer hunter, you've probably noticed a decline in the deer population. This can be attributed to a variety of factors, one of which is heavy predation on fawns by the clever and adaptable coyotes...

... Mayor Christopher Taylor opposed to hire the U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service ... trained sharpshooters ... to carry out the cull at a cost of up to $35,000... A survey done by the city found 43 percent of residents are against using lethal methods, and 48 percent are specifically against bringing in sharpshooters ...

Ann Arbor, City announces locations for deer cull December 15, 2015 The Michigan Daily
... Opponents of the cull have cited public safety concerns, as well as questioned its effectiveness. Sharpshooters will kill 100 deer ...

... Aaron's Nuisance Animal Control ... Sharpshooters from the business will coordinate with park officials to close the park during culling hours day or night, and no more than 45 deer will be killed... Over the last eight years, the yearly culling has seen 583 deer harvested ...

MLive
... A total of 3,695 Michigan deer have been tested for chronic wasting disease this year. Prior to the Clinton County deer, the disease was found in three deer in Meridian Township: a 6-year-old female, a 2-year-old male and a 5-year-old female. Those infected animals were found less than a mile of one another and genetic testing showed they were related...

... “We anticipated a poor harvest in the U.P. due to the drastically low deer population throughout much of the U.P. over the past couple of years,” said Ashley Autenrieth, DNR deer program biologist. “However, we’ve seen uncharacteristically high temperatures and low snowfall levels so far this fall, and if this continues, we hope the herd will begin rebounding.”   Although reports differ widely across and within regions, DNR biologists estimate the harvest, compared to 2014, was up perhaps as much as 17 percent in the Lower Peninsula, and declined approximately 19 percent in the U.P...

Ann Arbor, Ann Arbor council members not bending to requests to call off deer cull December 8, 2015 Michigan, MLive.com
... Abrams noted the report recommended developing a process to measure the environmental impact of the deer on the city's natural areas.  "Was this done? No," Abrams told council members, going on to cite an August 2014 report from the city's administration that stated: "City parks, including city golf courses, have not had vegetation damage by deer." ...

Checking your deer more important than ever December 6, 2015 Michigan, Macomb Daily
...stop by a DNR check station ... Besides getting your successful deer hunter’s patch, you’ll learn about the deer you’ve taken.  DNR personnel will age and sex the animal and check it visually for disease. The DNR receives valuable information about the deer population and health of the herd  ...

Michigan DNR to continue testing after 4th CWD case December 4, 2015 Detroit Free Press
... first confirmed case of CWD outside of Meridian Township ... “Genetic tests indicate that it’s not related to the first three deer, but we don’t know where it came from,”... 

... Sanzotta, leader of a group called Save the Deer Ann Arbor, said they're planning to file petitions to recall every council member up for re-election in 2016 over what they consider an unnecessary deer slaughter and an appalling use of violence...

4th Michigan deer had chronic wasting disease December 4, 2015 Detroit Free Press
... A deer killed in DeWitt Township tested positive for chronic wasting disease ... Three deer tested positive for the disease in Meridian Township earlier this year...

Nature center seeks to save young deer December 3, 2015 Michigan, Livingston Daily
...The Howell Conference and Nature Center is raising money now to help save young deer next spring and summer... Licensed by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Howell Conference and Nature Center is the only wildlife rehabilitation facility of its kind in southeast Michigan ...

Hunting group aims to allow hunters to shoot one buck per year November 2, 2015 Michigan, ABC 10 News NOW
... Kyle Yoder created the group, ‘One Buck Tag For Michigan’. Yoder is a lifelong hunter who hunts in both Northern Michigan and Upper Michigan.  ... says that Michigan’s two buck tag system is hurting Michigan’s deer population...
... In her petition, Sanzotta states her reason for wanting to recall Westphal is that a deer cull "is not supported by scientific evidence to control deer population, and would create an unjustifiable danger to public safety, because the killing would be done within the city of Ann Arbor, with high-powered rifles, at night, on public property." ...

Deer numbers surprise DNR officials during firearm season December 1, 2015 Michigan, ABC 10 UP 
...  firearm season was very poor when they compared it to the last ten seasons ... what I didn’t expect was the number of older age bucks that we’re checking ...

Rough deer season comes to a close December 1, 2015 Michigan, Mining Journal
... In the Upper Peninsula ...  deer check rates are similarly low across the U.P.  "They are down 50 percent from the 10-year average," ... In 2014, deer check rates in Escanaba were about 37 percent below the 10-year average by the end of the season... brutal winters seen in the U.P. over the past three years...

DNR targets illegal importation of deer in disease fight December 1, 2015 Michigan, wlfi.com
... officers are targeting the illegal importation of deer into the state as part of an effort to prevent the spread of chronic wasting disease...
     I-94 deer stops snare illegal whitetails coming into Michigan December 1, 2015 Michigan, MLive.com
....Five Michigan hunters accused of illegal transportation of deer into the state will be arraigned in the 5th District Court in Berrien County, and if convicted face possible fines of up to $500 and up to 90 days in jail...

East Lansin, City Council defers deer management action to 2016 November 30, 2015 Michigan, Michigan State University
... “What is the endpoint?” asked Altmann. “There is evidence that if you hunt a herd, the does become more effective (at reproduction),” ... the U.S. Wildlife Services will continue to collect data regarding the deer ...

Deer-hunting season 'huge' for strip club sales November 30, 2015 Michigan, KHOU
... During Michigan’s two-week firearm deer season from Nov. 15-30, it’s not just the restaurants, bars and stores that look forward to the influx of hunters and the extra income they bring. At the only strip club in the Upper Peninsula, hunting season is like Christmas.  “We probably do 20 to 30% of our business during firearm deer season,” ...

Farmington Hills, Another Injured Deer Reported in Farmington Hills November 30, 2015 Michigan, Patch.com
... A resident who lives on Briar Hill Drive said he found the deer, an eight-point buck with an arrow through its shoulder, in his yard...

Upper Peninsula wolf issues linger for hunters, DNR, deer November 25, 2015 Michigan, Clarkston News
... "When we look at the Upper Peninsula deer herd they are at the northern range of its limit—the point at which deer can survive," she said. "So when we have an unprecedented winter like that of 2013-2014 it's going to impact the herd. The driving factor is winter, not predators ...

U.P. Focus: U.P. deer harvest in line with DNR forecast November 24, 2015 Michigan, Petoskey News 
...  there are large areas where we’re hearing people are not seeing many deer at all.”  At the 15 DNR check stations across the U.P., the harvest is down 48 percent compared to the 10-year average...  the total number of bucks checked through last Friday appears to be down about 4 percent from the same time last season across the U.P ...

... The rules changed in 2013 and now a buck has to be a certain size before it can be hunted. The size is measured by the number of points on the antlers. At least one antler has to have three points. That usually means the deer is two and a half years old...

Dead mule deer dumped in Eaton County; DNR officials remind hunters of importation laws, CWD implications November 23, 2015 Michigan, 
    Last week, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources responded to calls of a male mule deer lying on the side of the road in a rural area of Eaton County... Since there are no registered mule deer in Michigan’s privately owned cervid facilities, it is believed that this carcass was brought into Michigan from somewhere out west... “Michiganders must understand that a situation like this is one of the ways CWD may have entered Michigan,” ...

Mich. DNR investigates elk killing during deer season November 21, 2015 Michigan, The Detroit News
... Officials investigating the death of a bull elk in Montmorency County believe the hunter may have thought he was shooting at a whitetail deer...

...  The Meridian Township deer marked the second time CWD was identified in Michigan. In 2008, a single deer was found to be CWD-positive in a captive cervid facility in Kent County... In July, a 2-year-old buck found less than a mile from the initial CWD-positive female tested positive. In August, a 5-year-old CWD-positive female was found in close proximity to the other two... all related ... 

... The Michigan Department of Natural Resources, MDNR, is putting up billboards near the Wisconsin border in the Upper Peninsula and handing out bumper stickers.
Why? As a reminder to hunters that bringing deer into Michigan from states with deer infected with chronic wasting disease, CWD, is restricted...

... Biologists called the 1965 herd improved from the year before, pegging it at maybe 800,000 animals... The 1964 total harvest, gun and bow, was 143,400...

Upper Peninsula firearm deer season opens with improvement over last year November 16, 2015 Michigan, DNR News
     Michigan Department of Natural Resources staff said Sunday’s opening day of the firearm deer hunting season was improved in some parts of the Upper Peninsula over last year, based on reports from deer check stations... Michigan Department of Natural Resources staff said Sunday’s opening day of the firearm deer hunting season was improved in some parts of the Upper Peninsula over last year, based on reports from deer check stations... “Check station activity for the firearm season is getting off to a relatively slow start as anticipated,” ...

... this year's wet spring is thought to have spurred plenty of growth of vegetation for the deer to eat ... In Muskegon County this year, there are no reported outbreaks of disease. In 2012 and 2013, the county had an outbreak of seasonal epizootic hemorrhagic disease ...

Deer hunters find success on season's first day November 15, 2015 Michigan, Detroit Free Press
... "I think as attitudes change and people understand deer biology and see the benefits of restricting antler points, antler point restrictions are the wave of the future," he said. "The only way to get big bucks is to let the little guys walk. If you take all the little perch ,you'll never get any jumbos if you keep wiping out an age class...

Firearm deer season begins across Michigan November 15, 2015 fox17online.com
... Michigan is home to eight million acres of public land for hunting ...

Let the tradition begin: Deer hunters heed call November 14, 2015 Michigan, The Detroit News
... Three successive brutal winters have cut herd numbers so deeply a ban on U.P. hunting was considered ... “What happens when the population goes down is that the weak have died and the strong survive, so they’re actually seeing a lot more big deer around here ... Most people nowadays aren’t hunting venison anyway. They’re mainly looking for big deer ... "

Hunting conditions vary by region November 13, 2015 Michigan, The Detroit News
... Upper Peninsula: Declines were greatest in the state last year, with the overall harvest down nearly 36 percent...Northern Michigan: The deer population is expected to be higher. The main impacts from last winter are smaller body and antler size... Southern Michigan: The heaviest bucks and largest antlers typically come from this area...

Firearm deer hunters to hit the woods on Sunday November 13, 2015 Michigan, Midland Daily News
...The Nov. 15-30 firearm deer season spans only about 16 percent of the days available for deer hunting in Michigan. But it claims about 40 percent of the year’s hunting effort, 54 percent of the harvest, and 62 percent of antlered bucks taken...

DNR encourages hunters in affected areas to have deer checked for chronic wasting disease November 13, 2015 Michigan, DNR News
... With the firearm deer season starting Sunday, hunters are reminded that they are required to check their harvested deer within a nine-township Core CWD Area consisting of Alaiedon, Delhi, Lansing, Meridian, Wheatfield and Williamstown townships in Ingham County; Bath and DeWitt townships in Clinton County; and Woodhull Township in Shiawassee County.  The DNR strongly encourages hunters in a broader CWD Management Zone – consisting of Clinton, Ingham and Shiawassee counties – to check their deer and have them tested for CWD as well...

Michigan firearm deer season starts with bizarre weather November 13, 2015 MLive
... The first five days, at least, will be much warmer than normal... possible snow 10 days from now...

Suspected CWD found in DeWitt Township deer November 13, 2015 Michigan,  WLNS
... A hunter brought the deer into the DNR’s Rose Lake Station ...Tests are indicating that the deer could be the fourth case of CWD found in free-ranging deer in this area...

Deer disease has food banks on edge November 13, 2015 Michigan, Lansing State Journal
... The discovery of chronic wasting disease in free-ranging deer in Meridian Township ...Uncertainty about CWD and the added complexity of processing deer has prompted some local butcher shops, including Merindorf Meats in Mason, to sit this season out...

CWD could be brutal for Upper Peninsula November 12, 2015 Michigan, Port Huron Times Herald
...  Wisconsin officials have confirmed CWD [chronic wasting disease] cases 75 miles from Menominee... Hunters can spread the disease by moving an infected deer’s carcass and fluids — and materials contaminated by them — from one place to another...  a substantial portion of the Upper Peninsula’s culture and economy could be history...

Upcoming deer season hit or miss, officials say November 8, 2015 Michigan, MLive 
... It's an average-to-good year for mast ... Michigan's deer herd, overall, is smaller than a few years ago. Three consecutive hard winters took a serious toll, particularly in the Upper Peninsula where most of the fawns died two of those winters... 
 
...  After public comments, most of which railed against the plans, the council voted in two 10-1 votes to move forward with plans for the cull.
     Ann Arbor OKs controversial winter deer cull November 6, 2015 Michigan, Detroit Free Press
...  spending up to $35,000 to hire sharpshooters to lure and kill 100 deer at night in city-owned parks and natural areas. ...

Ann Arbor city officials are debating on whether ot hold a deer cull. - November 5, 2015 Michigan



... Chronic Wasting Disease ... in the middle of the Mitten, Ingham County to be exact, officials have confirmed three cases of CWD in free-ranging deer ... [see the DNR's recent updates related to CWD]

'Deer lady' saved many wild animals October 30, 2015 Michigan, Livingston Daily
... Diane Solecki was a licensed newborn deer fawn rehabilitation expert who worked with the Howell Conference and Nature Center ... The nature center is accepting online donations in Diane Solecki's memory...

Ann Arbor, City Council to Consider 2 Deer Management Resolutions at Nov. 5 Meeting October 30, 2015 Michigan, The City of Ann Arbo
... The approved deer management program utilizes both lethal and nonlethal deer management methods and includes:  Obtaining a special MDNR permit to hire the USDA-APHIS to cull and remove up to 100 deer on City of Ann Arbor property located in Wards 1 and 2...

D Archey, D Rinna, MZ Michel - Journal of Coupled Systems and Multiscale …, 2015
... we present a mathematical model for the change through time of the population of wolves and their primary prey item, white-tailed deer, in Michigan's Upper Peninsula (UP) ...

CMU students raise awareness of fatal disease in deer October 27, 2015 Michigan, Central Michigan Life
...classmates agreed to spend the semester raising awareness for the chronic wasting disease ... a neurological affliction that affects deer, moose and elk. The disease is spread by prion proteins ... encouraging students to keep an eye out for deer behaving oddly ...

Proposed deer ranch in Humboldt Township has been approved with conditions October 26, 2015 Michigan, UpperMichigansSource.com
... our safety concern is some of our neighbors use their property for riding their horses ...

...  two deer were found shot and killed inside Oakview Cemetery on Friday morning ...  call Lt. David Clemens at 248-246-3456.
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State firearms deer forecast is mixed October 22, 2015 Michigan, Outdoor News
... The U.P. [upper peninsula] has experienced three severe winters in a row. This has led to decreased deer numbers throughout the region ... Even with the severe winter this past year, deer in the NLP [norther lower peninsula] came through it in fair to good condition... Abundant food and cover in the form of agricultural crops and scattered swamps and woodlots provide good habitat across the southern Michigan landscape ...

Are there bigger bucks in the woods? October 22, 2015 Michigan, Cadillac News
... Michigan shot the most bucks and also reported the most bucks per square mile. Michigan did this while simultaneously reducing the percentage of yearling bucks in the harvest. The Midwest ranged from harvesting 0.3 bucks per square mile in Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota to 3.6 per square mile in Michigan.  Overall, the association found the buck harvest declined 8 percent from 2003 to 2013, and 22 of 33 states shot fewer bucks in 2013...

MTU professor: Hunter numbers expected to continue dropping October 22, 2015 Michigan, Marquette Mining Journal
...  a big problem for state wildlife management agencies that get about 65 percent of their funding from license sales and excise taxes on equipment sales ... the kids of the boomers, and new people coming in, those people are not hunting," ...  said Richelle Winkler, ... at Michigan Tech University ...

East Lansing, Mandated Deer Kills Move to East Lansing October 20, 2015 Michigan, WILX 
... Meridian Township has a chronic wasting disease problem - and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources says East Lansing will have to control its deer population to keep the disease at bay...

A bill to ban deer baiting clears the Michigan Senate October 16, 2015 Michigan, Michigan Radio Network
...  it’s in response to the recent discovery of CWD in three deer in mid-Michigan ... 

Ann Arbor, Humane Society defends its advocacy against Ann Arbor deer cull October 16, 205 Michigan, MLive
... As the Humane Society of Huron Valley continues its "stop the shoot" campaign against a deer cull in Ann Arbor, the agency is taking some criticism... whether there's any coordination with a group called Save the Deer Ann Arbor... Hilgendorf [Humane Society] said there's no connection between the two groups...

East Lansing debates deer management plan October 13, 2015 Michigan, Lansing State Journal 
... City officials estimate there are between 15 and 30 deer in each park ... conducted by sharpshooters employed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Wildlife Services ...

Ann Arbor, Candidates debate for contested Ward 2 seat October 12, 2015 Michigan, The Michigan Daily
... Lumm said she approves of the council’s vote to hold the cull. Petersen disagreed, saying when the council voted for the cull, public concerns were not fully taken into account. She also pointed out how the cull would not be very effective due to the park’s proximity to the Nichols Arboretum...

Ann Arbor, Protesters urge Ann Arbor officials to call off 'deer massacre' October 10, 2015 Michigan, MLive 
... They carried signs with messages such as "No deer massacre in Ann Arbor," "Stop the deer slaughter," and "No snipers in our parks!" ... Carey suggested that restrictions on fences should be lifted in some neighborhoods where deer are a concern to some people... counted 168 deer in and around the city  [that's less than 6 deer per square mile, many states would not allow a deer cull based on this deer density] ...
Deer collisions on steady decline in Ottawa and Allegan counties October 10, 2015 Michigan, Holland Sentinel 
... The number of crashes involving deer has steadily declined over the past five years, falling nearly 20 percent statewide in that timespan.  The numbers have dropped even more dramatically in Ottawa County, where the number of car-deer crashes fell 25 percent ...  nearly half of all car-deer crashes occur between 6-9 a.m. and 6-9 p.m...

New hunting regulations in Ingham, Clinton and Shiawassee counties due to CWD October 9, 2015 Michigan, DNR News
... the Michigan Department of Natural Resources reminds hunters that there are regulation changes in Ingham, Clinton and Shiawassee counties due to the confirmation of chronic wasting disease (CWD) in Ingham County. A short video has been created to outline these important changes...

Investigation continues into multiple deer deaths October 8, 2015 Michigan, Outdoor News
... DNR officials believe at least 18 deer have died in the neighborhood since October 2014. It wasn’t until officials examined the buck that died under Schrink’s trampoline last month that they realized at least some of the animals were shot with a small-caliber rifle ...
 DNR officials are now seeking information from the public ...

Deer forecast: better than last year October 7, 2015 Michigan, Traverse City Record-Eagle
... The uptick in bucks coincides with forecast sightings in the DNR’s Northern Lower Peninsula unit of healthy fawns, including many sets of twins and even some triplets. The report called the region’s mast productions — fruit and nuts — “spotty;” high in apples with variable reports of acorn and beechnut.  Other unit white-tailed deer populations aren’t faring as well. Hunters in the Upper Peninsula will face more difficulty ...

Deer hunting preview for Michigan October 1, 2015 The Post 
... Preliminary field reports indicate a good fawn crop and healthy-looking deer. Last year an estimated 614,593 hunters spent 8.8 million days afield, harvesting roughly 329,000 deer, a significant decrease from 2013. Some 41 percent of hunters successfully tagged at least one deer last year....



Michigan data:  An estimated 1.5 million deer in 2015. Based on harvest data about 1.4 in 2014, 1.6 in 2013 and 1.7 in 2012. The last official estimate of 1.73 from 2011. A significant population decline in 2013 and 2014 following harsh winters, most severe in the Upper Peninsula where there was an historic drop in the deer harvest in 2014, in part due to reduced licenses issued in an effort to boost the herd. The population was thought to be down by as much as 40 percent.  Still down in 2015, a milder but hard winter, lowest in 30 years.  Population steady in southeast of state.  In 2014 an estimated 614,593 hunters took 329,000 deer for a success rate of 41 percent. 
     Harvest declines of 30 to 40 percent were reported by some regions in 2013, down about 25 percent in the Upper Peninsula overall and a further decline of 30 to 40 percent in 2014 with some regions reporting declines of about 60 percent.  Down about 10 percent in the northern Lower Peninsula and down about 5 percent in southern Lower Peninsula in 2014..  Total harvest down 8 percent in 2013, down 14.5 percent in 2014. To boost the herd, antlerless deer quotas were reduced to about 494,000 in 2014, down from about 550,000 in 2013. In 2015 antlerless permits were eliminated for archery in the Upper Peninsula. Coyote predation has also been a factor in the reduced population, particularly in the western Upper Pennisula. Michigan coyote populations are at an all time high.
     About 1.8 million deer in 2012.  In the 1990's the state had about two million deer.  On average about 40 percent of the Upper Peninsula harvest is yearling bucks.  Antler restrictions were implemented in 12 counties in 2013 and continue to be a topic of debate.  In a survey, 62 percent of hunters supported antler restrictions for the north-central Lower Peninsula, not enough to meet the 66 percent support requirement for implementation.
     Deer were abundant prior to the settlement of Michigan, a deer hunting season was set in 1859 but by 1870 most of the deer in the south were gone from over hunting and habitat destruction.  Deer management began in 1895 with a license requirement and bag limit.  About 45,000 deer in 1914, up to 1.125 million deer in 1937, and 1.5 million by 1949.  Over hunting and habitat destruction again resulted in a population decline during the 1960s, about 800,000 in 1965, and into 1972 with the population down to about 500,000.  Revenue from hunting fees was used to improve habitat and the population rose to about 2 million in 1989.  More History.  Michigan has 8 million acres of public hunting land.
    Elk  An estimated 1,371 in early 2016, 668 based on the 2014 winter survey, down from about  1,040 in 2012 and1,200 in 2008. Target range is 500 to 900.  Michigan restarted its elk population with just seven animals in 1918 after the herd was hunted to extinction in the 1800's. The population was above management goals in recent years, but populations are lower in 2015 so fewer licenses will be issued.   Elk and deer have different diets during the spring, summer and fall.
     Moose  An estimated 323 based on the 2015 biennual survey - down from 451 in 2013.  Most of the moose are in Baraga, Iron and Marquette counties, but there is a herd of about 100 in the eastern Upper Peninsula.  Ticks and weather are suspected as contributors to the decline.  Moose may not survive into the future for Michigan.  In 1985 30 Canadian moose were relocated to the U.P.
     The number of game ranches peaked at about 800 in 2003 and has since fallen to about 394, in part due to rising feed prices and stricter regulations.  Deer hunting generated about $2.3 billion a year in 2014.
    Wolves  An estimated 636 in 2014 and 2015 in the Upper Peninsula.  Hunting bounties related to the decline of deer resulted in the elimination of wolves in Michigan, except for Isle Royale, by the early 1960s.  Listed an an endangered species, a few wolves by the early 1980s, more than 100 by 1994.

Other useful links:
Information about deer management, and links to additional resources such as a list of deer check stations. www.michigan.gov/deer   - Michigan Predator to Prey Study-Facebook
-  For information on Chronic Wasting Disease: www.michigan.gov/cwd
Michigan Deer Information and History, DNR
- Clickable map providing information on Michigan Deer from MDNR
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Michigan Deer Management Plan: to maintain a healthy whitetailed deer population, using sound scientific management, maximizing recreational opportunities while minimizing negative impacts on ecosystems and other wildlife species and without creating undue hardship to private interests."

Michigan Deer Harvest Survey Results  Double click chart below for larger image

DNR - Regional Deer Advisory Teams - State of MichiganDepartment of Natural Resources January 24, 2012, Information about the DNRE's Regional Deer Advisory Teams.
With the adoption of the Michigan Deer Management Plan on May 6, 2010, the Department of Natural Resources and Environment committed to establishing a Regional Deer Advisory Team (RDAT) for each ecologically-based region of Michigan. Each RDAT will correspond to the boundaries of the DNR hunting and trapping zones,

Michigan United Conservation Club, June 26, 2011, provides detailed information about Michigan deer hunting in their recently released document, The debate about changing the firearm deer season opener [PDF].

UPWhitetails.com purpose shall be to instruct the public on the practices of sound deer managemeny