Ann Arbor officials approve winter deer cull

Associated Press

Ann Arbor — Ann Arbor officials have decided to allow sharpshooters to cull deer on public land this winter.

WXYZ-TV reports that the Ann Arbor City Council on Thursday night voted 8-1 in favor of hiring sharpshooters to lure and kill 100 deer at night in city-owned parks and natural areas. In order for the cull to take place, the council also voted to change a city law to allow the discharge of weapons in public places.

Dozens of opponents attended the meeting and argued that the cull is dangerous to the public and isn’t a necessary way to address problems with the deer population.

One supporter said the deer population is getting out of control and the cull shouldn’t be limited to 100 deer.