Deer Management

Since 2011, the City of East Lansing has focused on deer management in and around residential areas in the community to address urban deer issues. The City has formed beneficial, ongoing partnerships with USDA Wildlife Services, the Michigan DNR and Michigan State University to analyze deer population data in East Lansing. Learn more about the Deer Management Timeline here.

East Lansing Residents' Deer Perceptions Survey - 2022

Community members can share their feedback on the deer population in East Lansing by taking the East Lansing Residents' Deer Perceptions Survey (posted on Dec. 7, 2022). 

To request a mailed copy of the survey, click here.

Deer Feeding Ban

Did you know that it is illegal to feed deer in the City of East Lansing? Feeding deer does more harm than good. It often disrupts their natural behavior and causes them to linger too long outside of their normal habitat, leading to an increase in the possibility of disease transmission and the overbrowsing of neighborhood landscapes. Feeding deer can also lead to enterotoxemia. On July 8, 2014 the East Lansing City Council approved Ordinance No. 1334, prohibiting the feeding of deer in East Lansing.

Chronic Wasting Disease

The MDNR first identified Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in the state's free-ranging deer herd in spring 2015. Since the initial infected deer was found, 123 more CWD-positive deer have been discovered (as of September 2019). Several of these infected deer have been found locally in Ingham and Clinton Counties. The DNR asks for the public's help in reporting deer that are unusually thin and/or exhibiting unusual behavior (i.e. acting tame around humans). To report a sick deer, call 1-800-292-7800 or report the deer online. Please also report all deer-vehicle collisions to local police departments.

Learn more about Chronic Wasting Disease.

View the MDNR's CWD Webpage.

Leave Wildlife in the Wild

It is important to remember that many species of wildlife “cache” (hide) their young for safety, including deer. These babies are not abandoned; they simply have been hidden by their mother until she returns for them. The MDNR asks community members to resist the urge to help seemingly abandoned baby animals. Learn more.

Protecting Landscapes from Browsing Deer

In response to feedback from residents, the City of East Lansing has adapted helpful tips from the MSU Extension and the MDNR websites on protecting landscape plants from deer.


Community feedback is an important part of the deer management discussion. Feedback can be shared by submitting an online form.