After two years without culls, Ann Arbor discussing deer management again
ANN ARBOR, MI — Deer management is back on the Ann Arbor City Council’s agenda. After putting the city’s annual culls on hold the past two years, city officials are considering resuming funding for the program that killed nearly 500 deer between 2016 and 2020 and sparked protests, lawsuits and heated community debates.mlive.com
Live deer found in car's hatchback during traffic stop
Police who pulled over a suspected drunken or drugged driver in Pennsylvania discovered a live deer that had apparently been hit and then placed in the hatchback area of her car. The animal was freed after the stop Thursday by police in Newberry Township. The occupants told officers they had realized the deer was still alive but kept driving anyway, police said.news.yahoo.com
White-tailed deer in Great Lakes area first in the world to test positive for COVID
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Wild white-tailed Ohio deer are the first in the world to be found infected with COVID, according to the USDA’s National Veterinary Services Laboratories. Ohio State’s University College of Veterinary Medicine collected samples from deer between January and March 2021, the release said. Bowman says the finding is not surprising because white-tailed deer are more susceptible to the virus. “Previous studies have shown that white-tailed deer have the protein receptors that allow the virus to enter susceptible cells, are susceptible when experimentally inoculated,” Bowman said. “Some wild white-tailed deer have antibodies to the virus.”mlive.com
‘Deer Doctor’ to visit Ann Arbor virtually in April
Known as the “Deer Doctor,” Baker is an author, conservationist and consultant to the Humane Society of the United States. The city of Ann Arbor has spent $750,000 on deer management since 2015, when the Ann Arbor City Council approved a four-year deer management plan, according to the HSHV. “Scientists and wildlife biologists confirm that Ann Arbor does not have an overpopulation of deer. Within those responses, 700 reported not taking deer-preventative measures and 73% stated their enjoyment of seeing deer in Ann Arbor, HSHV said. AdThose interested in the free seminar with the “Deer Doctor” can visit hshv.org/gardenwithdeer.
Late antlerless firearm deer hunt set for select Northern Michigan counties
LANSING, MI -- Deer hunting season isn’t over just yet. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources announced Tuesday a late antlerless firearm hunt on private land in Alcona, Alpena, Montmorency, Oscoda and Presque Isle counties will be held Jan. 7-10 and Jan. 14-17. Hunters can take antlerless deer with an unused 2020 deer or deer combo license or a private-land antlerless license for Deer Management Unit 487. Successful hunters can bring their deer to the Alpena, Atlanta or Mio DNR deer check stations between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. any day of the hunt. On average 40% of deer infected with bTB show symptoms such as nodules in the lungs and ribcage while 60% of infected deer show no signs of the disease.mlive.com
Michigan’s firearm deer hunting season begins Sunday
DETROIT – Sunday is an unofficial holiday in Michigan -- it’s the opening day of firearm deer hunting season. The DNR reported technical issues Saturday that prevented many hunters from buying a base license and deer kill tags. The temporary tag should include the same information normally found on a kill tag:Identification of the hunter. Customers who have purchased a license on the DNR website are asked to use this temporary kill tag until their legal tag arrives in the mail. Officials say evidence suggests that Clark’s Marsh is highly contaminated with PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances).
Oakland County leads Michigan for car crashes involving deer in 2019
BEVERLY HILLS, Mich. – According to data from the Michigan Office Of Highway Safety Planning, Oakland County leads the state for the number of vehicle crashes involving deer in 2019. There were 1,928 vehicle-deer crashes reported in Oakland County last year. The total is a 10 percent increase in crashes in 2019 compared to 2018, making it a 10-year high statewide. READ: Reminder to Michigan drivers: Don’t veer for deerOakland’s 2019 vehicle-deer crash numbers were followed by Kent County, which had 1,689. Information on vehicle-deer crashes in Southeast Michigan can be found here.
Michigan DNR can’t check as many deer for chronic wasting disease
LANSING, Mich. – Michigan wildlife officials won’t be able to check as many deer for chronic wasting disease during the upcoming hunting season. Deer heads from Clinton, Dickinson, Eaton, Gratiot, Ingham, Ionia, Jackson, Kent and Montcalm counties will be accepted for state testing only from Nov. 15-18. The archery season starts Thursday. The traditional firearm deer season starts Nov. 15. Related: Michigan hunters should expect changes to deer check stations this fall due to COVID-19
Aerial treatment to help prevent spread of EEE completed in Michigan
Aerial treatment to prevent the spread of the Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) virus has been completed with approximately 462,000 acres treated, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) announced Thursday. The treatment, which started on Sept. 16, was completed Wednesday, according to MDHHS. “Aerial treatment was important to protect the health and safety of Michiganders,” said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, MDHHS chief medical executive and chief deputy for health. A Montcalm County resident is suspected of having EEE following preliminary testing. Individuals younger than 15 and over 50 are at a high risk on contracting the virus, MDHHS said in a press release.
Michigan hunters should expect changes to deer check stations this fall due to COVID-19
LANSING, Mich. – Deer hunters should expect changes to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources deer check stations this fall. Hunters will be required to wear masks and following social distancing guidelines at DNR deer check stations. At many check stations, hunters will be required to stay in their vehicles while their deer is checked. Hunters who want disease testing are asked to bring only deer heads to check stations by removing them ahead of time. Hours and locations of deer check stations will be available by clicking here.
Annual Ann Arbor deer cull dropped from city budget for next fiscal year
ANN ARBOR, Mich. Ann Arbors deer cull will not happen this winter as the city takes steps to reduce its budget for the next fiscal year. Deer management related expenses, like data collection and the cull, costs the city $140,000. A highly debated topic within Ann Arbor, there have previously been five culls in order to manage the citys deer population. In January, 109 deer were lethally removed by sharpshooters from designated parks, nature areas, University of Michigan properties, Concordia University properties and selected private properties in Ann Arbor. The City Council approved a $466 million city budget during its May 19 meeting but is in the process of creating an economic recovery plan to counteract current and anticipated impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.