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Posted on: December 27, 2023

City Parks to Close Intermittently for Wildlife Management This Winter

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EAST LANSING, Mich. — By the authority granted pursuant to Sec. 28-3 of the Code of the City of East Lansing, the City Manager establishes different closing hours for City parks from Jan. 1-March 31, 2024 for wildlife management. 

City parks shall be subject to closure, when posted, between the hours of 6 p.m. and 7 a.m. When closed during the above dates and hours, City park entrances, including parking lots and pedestrian paths, shall be posted and barricaded to notify the public of the closure. It shall be unlawful for any person, except those persons authorized by the City Manager for wildlife management, to enter, cross through or remain within any park during any such closure.

Biologists from the United States Department of Agriculture who are highly trained in the use of firearms will be conducting a deer removal operation under a cooperative service agreement with the City and a permit from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. The removal of a portion of the deer population is professional, safe and highly managed.

The City’s deer removal operation is being conducted to address deer overpopulation in the East Lansing community, which has resulted in vehicle/deer crashes, public health concerns, damage to landscaping and a disruption to the ecological balance of natural areas. This will be the fourth year of the deer removal operation.

Notification letters have been mailed to residents living near the parks where the deer removal operation will take place.

For more information about the City’s deer removal operations, visit

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