Ann Arbor votes to kill up to 150 deer due to overpopulation

Posted at 2:13 PM, Nov 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-19 14:13:17-05

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Ann Arbor is aiming at 150 more deer.

The city council approved a plan to kill deer that are living in parks and natural areas and on some private land. Nearly 400 have been killed since hunters were hired in 2016.

The Ann Arbor News says the next hunt will start in January after a 9-2 vote Monday. A critic, council member Jeff Hayner, questioned the practice and said it’s a waste of $150,000. The Humane Society of Huron Valley says the hunt “further traumatizes a generation of kids already facing too much violence.”

But council member Jack Eaton says deer “will overwhelm every natural feature” in Ann Arbor without proper management.