Amid protests, Ann Arbor expanded deer hunt tally grows

A steady loss of habitat has cut into deer numbers and deer licenses in North Dakota in recent years. A record 149,400 licenses were issued in 2008, but just seven years later the number had dropped to 43,275. Game and Fish made 54,500 licenses available last year. (Photo by Bill Diers)

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Officials say more than 70 deer have been killed by sharpshooters so far during Ann Arbor’s expanded 2018 deer hunt as part of the city’s deer management efforts.

Members of the group Friends of Ann Arbor Wildlife in Nature, known as FAAWN, are protesting the hunt and showing up near shooting zones. When they see sharpshooters, they yell: “Stop the shoot! Save the deer!”

A hunt to kill up to 250 deer started Jan. 8 and runs until Jan. 31. The Ann Arbor News reports that the city says 71 deer had been killed as of Wednesday.

It could be the city’s biggest hunt if it goes according to plan. A total of 156 deer were killed during hunts the last two winters.

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