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Ann Arbor — The University of Michigan is partnering with the city of Ann Arbor on efforts to reduce and control the area’s deer population.

The Ann Arbor News reports cooperation includes allowing sharpshooters hired by the city to kill deer on university property in four general areas, including Nichols Arboretum.

The university also will consider allowing non-lethal deer management activities on other parts of North Campus during the school’s midwinter break Feb. 25-March 5.

The university is willing to cover 15 percent of the city’s costs, up to a total of $25,000.

City Council met earlier this month and approved plans to control the deer population including hiring sharpshooters to kill 100 deer and trap and sterilize another 60 deer. A hunt last winter resulted in sharpshooters killing 63 deer.

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