Grand Haven City Council currently follows a plan developed in 2008 to determine whether any deer management efforts need to take place.
City of Grand Haven leaders continue to monitor data related to the local deer population and what should happen next.
City Council approved new deer feeding regulations by a vote of 3-2 on Monday night.
The Tribune has obtained details about the city’s fall deer management efforts.
Grand Haven City Council will be moving ahead with a deer cull later this fall.
It may be difficult for animal lovers to comprehend that feeding wildlife on public land is more than unlawful. It’s just downright wrong.
Grand Haven’s public safety director would like a local law that keeps people from feeding deer on public land, and City Council is inclined to give him one.
Grand Haven City Council voted 3-2 Monday night to forgo any deer cull activity this month as permitted by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, and instead decided to reapply to the state to kill 30 deer during the state’s designated deer hunting season in the fall.
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has given the city the go-ahead to conduct its deer management plan between now and the end of March.
“We haven’t received any requests yet from the city (for a cull),” DNR wildlife biologist Nik Kalejs said. “They’re in the information-gathering phase.”
A month after a deer cull was approved by City Council, some Grand Haven elected officials are demanding answers from city administration.
After more than an hour and a half of heated discussion over both sides of the debate, Grand Haven City Council voted 3-2 Monday night to move forward with a deer cull in the city.
Could the City of Grand Haven be implementing another deer cull? The last one was in 2009.