Here is FAAWN’s view of the City’s decision to end the 2019 cull/kill one week early.
Stopping the cull a week early proves there are no deer left to shoot. The city and contractor have depleted the deer population to the point where they can no longer find any. The contractor’s own admission in last year’s report was that his population estimates were wrong. His estimate is still wrong. Their problem is a trumped-up problem. The contractor has repeatedly failed to make his goal, despite the City doubling down and expanding the cull to include the Arboretum and U of M property, Concordia University, Ann Arbor Public Schools and private residences. The City has repeatedly failed to meet their established goals. The City obviously does not have an accurate count of the number of deer. The contractor reported during sterilization this year that he couldn’t find the deer to sterilize. The contractor has killed too many deer and now there aren’t enough. This has all been a waste of taxpayer dollars.
After 4 years of killing, our community still has not had the opportunity to come up with a number of socially acceptable deer our community is willing to tolerate.
The 4th and final year of the Council’s resolution has seen the worst display of strong-arm police tactics to stifle peaceful protestors civil rights, initiated by the contractor and Council Member Jane Lumm’s failed resolution DC-3. The contractor took it upon himself to do an end run around council’s vote after City Council narrowly voted 6-5 to allow peaceful protests to continue without City directive to stop them. The contractor told the City of Ann Arbor police and the U of M campus police to enforce the hunter harassment law against peaceful protestors. Police began using threats of imprisonment, mug shots, finger printing and steep fines to get peaceful protestors to leave public spaces. (as per conversation with U of M Chief of Police Robert Neumann 1/15/2019 and conversation with Derek Delacourt and Howard Lazarus 1/16/2019).
This shows the lack of oversight of this contractor. This shows the City Administration’s faulty judgment in giving this contractor free rein and complete trust to do as he wishes. The contractor has operated with impunity and this has been supported by the City and the MDNR.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) takes these issues in Ann Arbor seriously and is looking in to them.
How ironic the City of Ann Arbor announced the end of the cull/kill on Martin Luther King Day; a holiday that celebrates civil rights and healthy peaceful protests, as a foundation of our democracy.
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Co-Existence with Wildlife
Deer Resistant Plants
Wildlife Fertility Control Institute
“ If you talk to the animals they will talk with you and you will know each other. If you do not talk to them you will not know them and what you do not know, you will fear. What one fears, one destroys. ”
~Quote by Chief Dan George
FAAWN / Friends of Ann Arbor Wildlife and Nature
We in FAAWN are seeking a state of peaceful coexistence between the people of Ann Arbor and all of the wildlife in our shared space.
We believe it will be possible to find and agree upon a suitable plan for safe, non-lethal means of managing the deer population.
We are convinced that a majority of Ann Arbor residents want to avoid another deer cull, and thus we will organize residents to show our resolve to city government.
While continuing to persuade A2 City Council , we will also offer to work cooperatively with them to find effective alternatives.
FAAWN looks forward to the relase of the proposed city plan for
deer mangement. We would like to be involved in its preparation.
We especially want to influence the consideration of a basic question: Is the deer population really large enough to warrant a management program?
And we will advocate for safety and cost reduction, as well as non-lethal measures such as deer-resistant gardening, repellents, traffic signage, fencing and motion detectors.
Eventually, we would consider sterilization and contraceptive measures, if warranted.
BUT we should try the simplest measures first, have patience, and work gradually toward a stable deer population in the long term.
Future protests TBD will be announced here.
Stop the Shoot signs available at the Humane Society
Coexist Wildly bumper stickers available at the Humane Society
FAAWN General Meetings --
740 East Shore Drive
Whitmore Lake, MI
Future meetings -- TBD
Meanwhile: Please like FAAWN'S Facebook page!!!!
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Attend City Council Meetings - First and Third Mondays of each Month - 7:00 PM (unless conflict noted) at Larcom City Hall
Ann Arbor City Council Meetings -- 2019
Monday, January 7 (first meeting since Jan. 2 cull start)
7:00 PM This meeting is important to attend and speak
Tuesday, January 22 (due to Martin Luther King Day)
Monday, February 4th
Monday, February 19th
Monday, February 25th (for budget if needed)
Monday, March 4
Monday, March 18
Future meetings to be added
Please wear RED and bring "Stop the Shoot" signs (available at the Humane Society of Huron Valley) and other home-made signage.
Please sign Up to Speak at City Council Meetings:
call 734-794-6140 beginning at 8:00am the morning of the meeting.