Deer cull approved near University of Michigan-Dearborn

Officials are working to get the deer population under control in Dearborn. 

An approved deer cull is happening this week near the campus of the University of Michigan-Dearborn. 

Sharpshooters set out Tuesday with plans to kill about 50 deer in a 300-acre wildlife preserve near the campus. Officials say about 76 deer live there, which is a 33 percent increase from January 2014. The MDNR recommends only about five-10 deer be in an area of that size. 

Officials hope to get the number of deer down to about 25 after the cull. 

The deer are known to have darted into traffic or made their way onto campus, but officials say the bigger concern here is the risk of Lyme disease and ticks for the students touring campus and visiting the preserve area. . 

School officials say no students are in danger during the cull, as the tree stands are in the back of the environmental area and not near the campus. The university is also on its Spring Break this week. 

Portions of Monteith Boulevard and Fairlane Drive will be closed during the cull process. 

The approval for the cull ends Sunday, March 1. 

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