Cornell UniversityThe Nature Conservancy

Community Example: Ann Arbor, Michigan

Key facts

  • Uses a combination of non-lethal and lethal approaches to deer management
  • Community Size: Large city (50,000 to 500,000 people)
  • Region: Midwest
    • Plan established in 2015

    Ann Arbor Michigan (approximate population: 118,000) aims to decrease its deer herd to reduce negative deer-human interactions and support biological diversity in natural areas by not placing one species above another. Ann Arbor's deer management program was initiated in spring, 2014 when the City Council directed the Administrator to develop deer management information with the assistance of community partners and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Division (MDNR). The directive from Council arose as a result of numerous resident reports of deer damaging landscaping and concerns regarding vehicle/deer collisions and deer-borne diseases.