- Associated Press - Friday, December 18, 2015

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - Use restrictions on about two dozen Ann Arbor parks will remain in place as officials try to reduce the number of deer roaming around city green spaces.

Residents will be able to use the parks on weekends, but not between 4 p.m. and 7 a.m. on weekdays starting Jan. 1, The Ann Arbor News reported (http://bit.ly/1PcWcX7 ) Friday. Sharpshooters are to kill up to 100 deer through March 31. The cull is expected to cost the city up to $35,000.

The city decided to open the parks on weekends after feedback from the community, spokeswoman Lisa Wondrash told the newspaper in an email.

“Safety is the city’s number one priority and Ann Arbor police will respond accordingly to individuals who violate the park closures,” Wondrash said.

Officials have not indicated the punishment for violating the park closure order, she added.

Opponents have argued that the cull is dangerous to the public and unnecessary. Others say the deer population is getting out of control.

Another 47 parks in other parts of the city will remain open during the cull.

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Information from: The Ann Arbor News, http://www.mlive.com/ann-arbor

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