MILFORD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Officials with the Huron-Clinton Metropolitan Authority have agreed to evaluate its deer management program after a rare white buck was shot and killed in Kensington Metropark.
Some area residents and nature-lovers became upset after recently learning about the deer’s death. Six people voiced their disappointment Thursday at a Metroparks Authority Board of Commissioners meeting, prompting a request for the executive staff to review the policies and rules of the deer culling program employed at the parks.
The commission wants an update on the procedures and possible areas of improvement, director of parks George Phifer told The Oakland Press.
“This unfortunate incident gives us an opportunity to evaluate our current program to determine where we may see potential opportunities to enhance or modify the program to ensure that we can minimize … this occurring in the future,” he said. “It’s also an opportunity to see if there are opportunities available in educating the public.”
The eight-point buck, which had a white coat, pink nose and blue eyes, had been seen at the park for more than three years. It was killed in February as part of a cull to reduce the deer herd in the area.
Kensington Metropark officials have said the killing of the specific deer wasn’t intentional.
The Huron-Clinton Metropolitan Authority is a regional park district that oversees 13 parks in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Washtenaw and Livingston counties. Its deer management program has been in place for more than eight years, Phifer said.
The next Huron-Clinton Metropolitan Authority Commission meeting will be held Aug. 13 at Lake St. Clair Metropark in Mount Clemens.
Information from: The Oakland Press, http://www.theoaklandpress.com