Many residential areas in Meridian Township are in semi-rural areas or near to parks and natural areas. Usually residents enjoy the opportunity to watch the native wildlife that comes into their yards. Many people even encourage them by putting out feeders and growing flowers that birds and butterflies like. However, sometimes these same beautiful animals can become a nuisance by damaging the area around a house or even the house itself.
White-tail Deer (Odocoileus virginianus)
White-tail deer live in wooded areas and feed at the forest edge near open areas usually at sunrise and sunset. These open areas are frequently now agricultural fields or residential yards. In the summer, deer will roam in small family groups. In the winter, a few does and their young will stay together for safety, but in our area the groups are not large like the deer yards up north. Fawns are born in May or June and are not weaned for four months. Predators to young deer are coyote, gray wolf, bobcat, cougar and feral dogs. Healthy adults are usually only in danger from man. There are several designated White-tail Deer hunting seasons in Michigan beginning in September. Please remember, there is no hunting in Meridian Townships parks.
Is there going to be a dog park?
We are pleased to report that plans are moving forward for a dog park in Central Park across from the Meridian Mall. Areas are planned for both large and small dogs. We also received a grant for a paved pathway/boardwalk that will run east and west from the Farmers’ Market pavilion to Central Park south to provide paved access to the off-leash area. Work on the dog park site will begin Spring 2018.
Is hunting allowed in Meridian Township Parks?
Hunting is not allowed in Meridian Township Parks.
What plants don't deer like to eat?
Here is a partial list of native plants that are deer resistant: Columbine, Butterfly Weed, Lead Plant, White Aster, Harebell, Lanceleaf Coreopsis, Shooting Star, Blackeyed Susan, Pale Purple Coneflower, Purple Coneflower, Rough Blazing Star, Lupine, Smooth Penstemon and Sensitive Fern. The Prairie Nursery.com has a complete list.