Health Environmental Issues: Managing Fianna Michigan Population Management

Environmental Issues: Managing Fianna Michigan Population Management


Michigan's population has grown in recent years, mainly due to fewer hunters. However, another growth in this population can create other problems for our ecosystem. In "Environmental Issues" this week, David Fair WEMU talks to Randy Baker, who with Naturalist Endeavors nature tour program, talks about the best ways to manage the growing numbers of state deer.


  • Hunting has declined sharply in Michigan and has been since the late 1990s. The number of registered hunters in Washtenaw County has decreased by 20-30%.
  • According to demographic analysis conducted by the University of Michigan Technology, the hunters are left by graying, and most of them in the late 40s to the late 60s. By 2035, there are projections that the late 90s rate will cut more than half. Younger generations are generally not interested in hunting for a variety of reasons, and are not replacing children when they leave the woods.
  • Meanwhile, there has been a steady increase in the population of white hunts, causing concern over overpopulation. MDNR estimates add about 1.75 million to Michigan deer for 2019. Excessive deer continues due to Chronic Disease disease, Hemorrhagic Hemic Disease (EHD), Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) (concerns in 2019)and Bovine Tuberculosis. Many deer hunger to death during the winter when numbers are too high. Coyotes, possibly the only natural predator of deer in southeast Michigan, has returned, but numbers are not large enough to keep deer populations under review.
  • Over-deer also leads to over-debt, indicating that many studies are a major factor in the destruction of natural areas and habitat loss for other species. More deer increase the prevalence of Lyme diseases and other illnesses that have fallen and mosquito in humans.
  • Over the past 40 years, the number of deer living in the Lower North Peninsula and the Upper Peninsula has decreased, as open and peripheral habitats prefer deer in their forests. In southern Michigan, the population has burst, increasing by nearly 500%, from 200,000 to one million deer. (The deer were historically abundant in Michigan, but no one knows what the population numbers were before the Europeans came. Most deer in the south went from hunting and destruction of a habitat. deer quickly returned from 45,000 deer in 1914, to nearly 1.5 million by 1949.) t
  • A devastating impact on hunting income in Michigan could be devastating. According to the Detroit Free Press, “license fees and surcharges fund the purchase of dental and fishing equipment most of the wildlife management and habitat conservation and restoration work of the Michigan Natural Resources Department. And the debt contributes $ 2.3 billion annually to the Michigan economy and supports more than 34,000 jobs, according to the DNR. ”
  • Randy Baker, Owner and Natural Naturalist Naturalist: Randy is a trained biologist and naturalist in the university. In addition to 12 years' university training, he is also experienced as a class teacher, a science author author, and as a professional wildlife guide. Randy has been providing programs for schools and other organizations for over 20 years.
  • For more details on Natural Natural, see their website.

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David Fair is WEMU's News Director and host of WEMU's Morning Edition. You can contact David at 734.487.3363, on twitter @DavidFairWEMU, or email him at [email protected]

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