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Lawsuit filed to try to stop Ann Arbor's deer cull

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Rodney Campbell
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Ann Arbor plans its first-ever deer cull this year.

A group of Ann Arbor residents passionately opposed to a planned deer cull has filed a 92-page lawsuit to try to stop it.

Ann Arbor has hired marksmen with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Wildlife Services to try to reduce a growing deer population.  The deer are eating almost everything in people's yards and nature areas in some parts of the city.

The lawsuit contends the city doesn't have the legal authority to order a cull. 

The cull will happen in closed city parks, at night, but the lawsuit claims people will be unsafe at all times, wherever they go, including inside their own homes. 

The lawsuit also alleges, among many other claims, that city officials conspired to deprive residents of their civil and constitutional rights as pertains to the cull, and that the deer cull could encourage copycat shooters and terrorists.

It's not known at this time if city officials plan to postpone the cull while a legal battle ensues.

The lawsuit, from M-Live's website, can be read in its entirety here.

Tracy Samilton covers energy and transportation, including the auto industry and the business response to climate change for Michigan Radio. She began her career at Michigan Radio as an intern, where she was promptly “bitten by the radio bug,” and never recovered.
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