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MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) — A Lake Michigan community has voted to spend $20,000 to kill as many as 30 deer at two parks in western Michigan.

The unanimous vote by the Muskegon City Commission is an effort to control growing herds, although there are different opinions among residents.

The Muskegon Chronicle reports the cull by sharpshooters must be completed by March 31.

Residents in favor of a special kill have talked about damage to vegetation and concerns about tick-borne illnesses.

Some critics say the deer should be considered a community asset. 

Hunters Hit The Woods For Firearms Deer Season

Nov 15, 2019
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TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Thousands of hunters will trek into Michigan woods and fields Friday as firearms deer season opens.

The season runs through Nov. 30.

The Department of Natural Resources’ annual forecast says overall deer numbers are low in the Upper Peninsula and buck sightings have been limited.

Buck numbers appear on the upswing in the northern Lower Peninsula. They are abundant in many parts of southern Michigan, where bachelor herds have been spotted.

Indiana State Park Closures Set For 4 Days Of Deer Hunts

Nov 9, 2019
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Seventeen Indiana state park sites will close their gates to visitors for a pair of two-day deer hunts in the coming weeks.

The hunts are scheduled for Nov. 18-19 and Dec. 2-3. The Indiana Department of Natural Resources says wildlife biologists evaluate the parks to determine where deer hunts are needed to ensure healthy habitats for native plants and animals.

This year's hunts come after a state appeals court rejected a lawsuit challenging the DNR's authority to allow hunters armed with rifles into state parks.

Indiana School Goes On Lockdown When Deer Crashes Inside

Nov 5, 2019
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NOBLESVILLE, Ind. (AP) — A deer that crashed through a window into a suburban Indianapolis school sent students into lockdown mode during its surprise invasion.

Hinkle Creek Elementary School Principal Jack Lawrence says the deer smashed through a window Monday afternoon and entered the Noblesville school's main hallway.

Indiana State Trooper OK After Deer Lands In Car

Oct 27, 2019

BLUFFTON, Ind. (AP) — An Indiana state trooper had an unwanted passenger: A deer crashed through the windshield of a patrol car.

A state police spokesman says Trooper A.J. Repass was "doing well" after the collision early Saturday. But Sgt. Brian Walker on Twitter says Repass' car is "definitely going to need a cleaning."

The crash occurred near Bluffton in Wells County, 25 miles south of Fort Wayne. Walker says drivers need to keep an eye on deer at this time of year.

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A dead deer in Clark County has tested positive for a fatal virus. The Indiana Department of Natural Resources hopes the public will keep an eye out for sick deer while it confirms results in 17 other counties. 

The virus is called epizootic hemorrhagic disease or EHD. DNR State Wildlife Veterinarian Nancy Boedeker describes some of the symptoms.

“A deer that's dehydrated, that's weak. It may be breathing heavily, may have some swelling of the head or neck. It could be salivating,” she says.