What is being done to ensure safety?

Signs were pre-posted at all affected parks notifying the community of the closures and, during the work, barricades and large closure signs are in place at all known entrances to the parks, including main entries, footpaths, parking lots, trailheads and cut throughs. Letters were also sent out to residents with properties that border affected parks notifying them of the work. This MDNR-permitted activity is being conducted in a controlled environment via professionals using professional tools. There is simply nothing more important than safety and there is no pressure on these professionals to try to remove more deer than can be safely removed. The biologists have spent significant time in East Lansing’s parks, noting the patterns of usage and determining the safest areas for removal. It is important to note that, if people are in the park, USDA staff will not proceed with any removal if safety has been compromised.  The Michigan Division of USDA Wildlife Services conducting this removal have never had a safety incident during deer removal operations, meaning no people or pets have been harmed during a deer removal.

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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?