2020 deer management program begins this week

City of Ann Arbor 2020 deer management activities will begin for the fifth year Jan. 2, as approved by City Council on Nov. 18, 2019. The city has a contract with White Buffalo Inc. for sharpshooting management services to address the impact of deer browsing in select areas.

White Buffalo Inc. will work under a Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) amended special research permit, which allows the contracted sharpshooters to lethally remove up to 150 deer in designated City of Ann Arbor parks and nature areas, as well as city-selected private parcels. The permit allows sharpshooting efforts Jan. 2–Jan. 26 on private property and public land. The following parks will be closed every day (including weekends) for all purposes Jan. 2–Jan. 26, 3 p.m.–midnight:
1. Barton Nature Area (only the Foster area north of Warrington Drive).
2. Bird Hills Nature Area.
3. Cedar Bend/Island Park.
4. Foxfire West Nature Area.
5. Huron Parkway/Braun nature areas.
6. Leslie Park Golf Course.
7. Leslie Woods Nature Area.
8. Oakwoods Nature Area.
9. Ruthven Nature Area.
10. South Pond Nature Area (only the area in the vicinity of the NAP office at 3875 E. Huron River Drive).
11. Buttonbush (a new park north of Dhu Varren Road and west of Nixon Road).
12. Nichols Arboretum will be closed on the following dates only: Jan. 6, 13 and 20, 3 p.m.–midnight.

Find more information, read answers to frequently asked questions and sign up for deer management email notifications at www.a2gov.org/deermanagement. Specific questions can be emailed or call to leave a message on the deer hotline, 734.794.6295, and a staff member will return the call.