- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 17, 2016

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - The city of Ann Arbor says it’s nearly halfway to its goal of killing 100 deer in its effort to reduce the animal’s population in city parks.

The city said this week that another 11 deer were shot and killed last week by city-hired U.S. Department of Agriculture sharpshooters, bringing the total to 47 deer killed since the cull began Jan. 2.

The Ann Arbor News (http://bit.ly/1PPUSWJ ) reports the city also said that 1,050 pounds of venison had been donated as of Feb. 8 to a nonprofit food rescue and food bank program.

Lawsuits have challenged the deer cull. Ann Arbor says reducing the herd will have a positive impact on other animals and public land.

The cull continues through March 1, and 14 parks will remain closed from 4 p.m. to 7 a.m. weekdays.

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

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