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