What is done to ensure safety?

Signs are pre-posted at all affected parks notifying the community of the closures and, during the work, barricades and large closure signs were in place at all known entrances to the parks, including main entries, footpaths, parking lots, trailheads and cut throughs. Letters are also sent out to residents with properties that border affected parks notifying them of the work. This MDNR-permitted activity is 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 would not proceed with any removal if safety has been compromised.  USDA Wildlife Services – Michigan has conducted these removal operations in several communities and 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 has the City reduced the deer population?
3. What happens with the venison from the removal?
4. When and where will the work take place in winter 2023?
5. What is 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?