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 an 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. A first round of deer removal took place last winter in the City, with a second round of deer removal planned for this winter. 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 has the City reduced the deer population?
3. What happened with the venison from the removal?
4. When and where did the work take place?
5. What was 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. How many deer were removed during the first round of deer removal in January 2021?
10. How many deer were removed during the second round of deer removal in January 2022?