How many deer were removed during the first round of deer removal in January 2021?

During the first round of deer removal in January 2021, 65 deer were removed by USDA Wildlife Services from a variety of City parks over two nights: Jan. 12 (32 deer removed) and Jan. 22 (33 deer removed). The breakdown for the two-night total is as follows:

Abbot Road Park – 29
Burcham Park- 3
Fine Park- 2
Harrison Meadows Park- 21
White Park- 5
Aquatic Center/Softball Complex- 5

While Patriarche Park was also included as a designated park for removal, no deer were observed in Patriarche Park on the removal nights.

Additional numbers will be shared when the second round of deer removal is completed.

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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?