Why is the City of East Lansing (City) reducing the deer population?

Over almost a decade, the City of East Lansing (City) has been engaging with residents, researching best practices, talking with other communities and partnering with experts in the field concerning deer management and deer populations in the City. In addition to holding Community Deer Management meetings for resident education and input, the City has surveyed residents, partnered with several agencies (MSU, MDNR and USDA Wildlife Services), tracked deer-vehicle accidents in the City, passed a deer feeding ban, tracked estimated population volumes, tracked incidents of disease (including Lyme disease and Chronic Wasting disease) and maintained a Deer Management Webpage that provides residents with education, history and opportunity to provide feedback. With a current average of more than 40 deer-vehicle accidents per year within the City, the deer population in East Lansing continues to grow, increasing deer-human conflicts. After many years of consideration, the East Lansing City Councilmembers serving in early 2020 weighed public input and ultimately acted at their February 11, 2020 City Council meeting to reduce the deer population in the City by professional lethal removal. For more detailed history, education and resident resources, visit https://www.cityofeastlansing.com/231/Deer-Management.

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1. Why is the City of East Lansing (City) reducing the deer population?
2. How is the City reducing the deer population?
3. What is happening with the venison from the removal?
4. When and where is this work taking place?
5. What is being done to ensure safety?
6. I didn’t think that hunting with a firearm was allowed within 450 feet of a residence without written permission of the owner. How is the City able to perform this deer removal?
7. Are there other communities in Michigan that have removed deer by firearms?
8. Will deer removal be an annual activity in East Lansing's parks?
9. I understand that the deer removal has been completed as of Jan. 22. How many deer were removed from each park?