ROCHESTER HILLS -- The Rochester Hills City Council approved a plan to dispatch
sheriff's snipers this winter to help reduce the city's deer population, Mike
Hartner, director of parks and forestry, said.
On Monday night, the City Council voted 5-2 in favor of the cost-free plan that
has drawn vocal opposition from some residents.
The city has over the past year considered ways to reduce its deer population,
now out of control at an estimated 1,000 to 1,500. The community ranks first in
deer crashes in southeastern Michigan.
Once permits are issued by the state's Department of Natural Resources, snipers
from the Oakland County Sherriff's Office would be allowed to cull up to 200
deer, most likely in January and February.
Snipers will be dispatched only at night, and with night scopes and silencers.
They will be instructed to shoot from elevated locations and only still deer.
The city plans to ramp up educational programs on how to avoid deer crashes.
Officials are also working with the Oakland County Road Commission to improve
signage on roads that log the most deer collisions.
And after they take out 15 or 20 drunks and horny teenagers, they may just
consider extending deer season...