- Associated Press - Thursday, December 24, 2015

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - State wildlife officials have issued a two-month permit allowing Ann Arbor to bring sharpshooters into parks to shoot up to 100 deer.

The Ann Arbor News reports (https://bit.ly/1NO6KHv ) the Michigan Department of Natural Resources permit was issued Wednesday. A city official signed the permit, which prohibits shooting within 450 feet of occupied buildings without written consent from owners or occupants.

The permit also allows Ann Arbor to close various parks and nature areas to conduct a deer cull from Jan. 2 through March 1.

The city aims to reduce the number of deer roaming around green spaces.

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

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


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