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Deer Management

Farmington Hills City Plan

The City is working with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources to determine the best course of action for the management of deer in Farmington Hills. We have completed a residential Deer Survey and will conduct annual aerial deer surveys, continue to track deer/vehicle crashes, and continue researching other communities’ deer management practices. For more information read our full plan.

Farmington Hills Deer PlanDeer

Other Michigan Cities’ Plans

Ann Arbor
East Lansing
Meridian Township
Rochester Hills
 

About Deer

Deer are found in every county in Michigan.

Michigan White-Tail Deer

Fawns

Baby deer, or fawns, are born with white spots to help camouflage them from predators. Fawns are born between May and June and are born with very little scent so that predators have difficulty finding them. The mother deer, or doe, will leave the fawns for limited amounts of time until she feels it is safe to return to her fawn. The best practice for when you find a fawn is to leave it alone and refrain from touching it.  Human or other animal interaction with the fawn can transfer unwanted scent and could ultimately do more harm.

What To Do When You Find A Fawn
Guidelines For Fawns
Facts About Fawns
 

Helpful Videos

VideoDetailed Garden Management
VideoFH Nature Calls “Deer”
 

Deer Proof Your Garden

It is recommended that you do your research when deciding which method to use as each garden and land plot is unique.  These suggestions are not meant to be an exhaustive list, but merely a starting point for you.  The City of Farmington Hills is not responsible for any issues caused by wildlife in your yard.

Fencing/netting

  • DeerUsed for containing a specific area
  • Burlap works well for winter
  • Can be an eye sore

Scent/taste

  • Deters deer from returning
  • Not efficient in the winter
  • Plant oils, hot peppers, capsaicin, rotted egg solids – can smell bad to humans too
  • Deer can become use to a flavor

Electronics

  • Scarecrow
  • Sprays deer with water
  • Deer can get used to it if it doesn’t move frequently
 

Deer “Resistant” Plants

 

Type of plants residents use. If you have had any success with a specific plant – let us know.

DeerAnnuals

Ageratum
Begonia, Wax
Coleus
Geranium
Marigold
Snapdragon

Ground Covers

Lamium
Lilly of the Valley
 

Perennials

Alyssum
Astilbe
Bee balm
Butterfly Flower
Catmint
Columbine
Coneflower
Coral Bells
Coreopsis
Dianthus
Gaillardia
Geranium
Helleborus
Hibiscus
Lady’s Mantle
Lamb’s Ear
Lavender
Rudebeckia
Salvia
Sunflower
Veronica
Yarrow
Yucca
   
 

Vehicle Deer Crashes

The Michigan State Police Department has information regarding vehicle deer crashes.

Deer Survey

Farmington Hills conducted a survey that produced 5,409 responses.

Deer Survey

Feeding Ban

Feeding Deer in Farmington Hills is prohibited by Ordinance C-5-2017.

Ordinance C-5-2017

Contact Information

To contact your Farmington Hills Deer Management Representative please call Farmington Hills Special Services at (248) 473-1800.