Category Archives: Washtenaw

Washtenaw County Parks and Recreations, Status Report: Deer Population Trends and Impacts in County Parks

Washtenaw County Parks and Recreations
Status Report: Deer Population Trends and Impacts in County Parks, February 2014
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Shawn Severance, county naturalist

The deer population in Washtenaw County is elevated and increasing – The proposed DNR goal for Washtenaw County is 28 deer per square mile. Washtenaw County as a whole is currently 25% over the goal at 35 deer per square mile. The deer population in Washtenaw County has been steadily increasing over the last 15 years. Washtenaw County seems to be a magnet for deer due to a higher percentage of forested land than many of the adjacent Counties

Report – 2011/2012 Deer Management Plan Implementation

Report – 2011/2012 Deer Management Plan Implementation, Report to Board of Commissioners
HURON-CLINTON METROPOLITAN AUTHORITY, Meeting of September 13, 2012

It is the consensus of natural area managers that controlling excessive deer populations is critical to the long term health and viability of the native ecosystems that these animals are a component of. The management efforts the Metroparks established has had a direct impact on insuring that the parks’ high quality natural areas remain intact for future generations to enjoy.

Deer Problem in Washtenaw County

Deer Problem in Washtenaw County
AboutLearyJournalism, Dec 11, 2011

Jeff Plakke, Natural Areas Manager for the University of Michigan Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum, says that ten-foot high fencing now protects the Gardens’ formal beds, an expensive solution that involved clearing for and installing the fence, and will require continuous monitoring and repair. Before that, Horticulture Manager Mike Palmer said, the deer devoured yews, perennials, and even whole plants like hens and chicks in the rock garden. In fact, the deer defied urban myths and stepped right up to the concrete porch to sneak into the perennial garden.

Metroparks 2010 – 2011 Deer Management Plan Implementation Report, Meeting of Oct 11, 2011

Metroparks 2010 – 2011 Deer Management Plan Implementation Report, Meeting of Oct 11, 2011

“This year, 2010, was the first time since 1993 that (Trout Lily and) Michigan Lily were observed in blossom. Deer seem to have a special affinity for members of the lily family, and this plant is no exception. We have been anticipating the return of this species ever since the deer culls began in 1999.”