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Ann Arbor to continue annual cull to manage deer population

deer in forest
Rodney Campbell
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Deer in the city of Ann Arbor will continue to be targets of city-hired sharpshooters.

Hunting deer in the city of Ann Arbor will continue as a way to control the deer population.

The Ann Arbor City Council met Monday night and rejected an amendment to stop the deer management program. The vote came after supporters and opponents of the hunts involving sharpshooters voiced their opinions on the issue.

Supporters say the culls have cut down on deer destroying vegetation and helped curb crashes involving deer.

Opponents say the hunts are disruptive, dangerous, and aren't needed.

One hundred twelve deer were killed in January during the city's fourth deer cull, according to the Ann Arbor News. Nearly 400 deer have been killed by city-hired sharpshooters since the program began in 2016.

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