Deer Sterilized in Ann Arbor to Help Decrease Population

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) – Dozens of female deer have been sterilized in Ann Arbor, as part of the nonlethal phase of the city’s winter 2017 deer management plan.

The Ann Arbor News reports that veterinarians performed surgeries on 54 does over the last week at a makeshift operating room at the Huron Hills Golf Course.

Veterinarian and lead surgeons Dr. Steve Timm says the effort is expected to decrease the local deer population about 20 percent a year.

The city-funded deer management plan is expected to move into the lethal phase on Monday. Sharpshooters plan to go to city parks and nature areas, as well as some University of Michigan properties.

The City Council voted in November to team up with a Connecticut nonprofit to carry out the management plan.

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