MERIDIAN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) – About 200 deer are expected to be slaughtered as part of a deer management program in a community in the Lansing area.
The slaughter in Meridian Township was scheduled to begin on Saturday and continue through February 28, the Lansing State Journal reported.
It will take place in some cantonal parks, land reserves and on private property where consent is given by the owners.
Police officers will use firearms for deer slaughter in the evenings and at night when parks are closed. The parks will remain open from dawn to dusk. The sites are shortlisted because of their suitability for safe and controlled slaughter of the deer herd, according to the township.
The deer will be processed and the venison will be donated to local food banks.
The program is an effort to protect people from injury and property damage in vehicle crashes involving deer, said Meridian Township Police Chief Ken Plaga.
“Our community has a number of hot spots in this regard,” Plaga said. “We anticipate that targeted culling of herds along these areas will significantly reduce the risk of injury to people in our community and the costs resulting from property damage from these accidents.”
The slaughter plan was developed following complaints from residents about deer-related incidents and to support biological diversity in natural areas.
The deer management program was developed in 2011 to reduce deer overpopulation in the township.
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