Bloomington council could back deer hunt proposal

FILE - A white-tailed deer peeks through the trees in this file photo from Friday, Jan. 10, 2014. (AP File Photo/Mark Duncan)
FILE - A white-tailed deer peeks through the trees in this file photo from Friday, Jan. 10, 2014. (AP File Photo/Mark Duncan)

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Sharpshooters could be allowed to hunt deer in a Bloomington nature preserve under a proposal being considered by city officials.

The plan’s supporters say the deer herd needs to be thinned out at the Griffy Lake preserve on the city’s north side.

The Herald-Times reports five of the nine City Council members indicated support for the plan during a meeting Wednesday night, although a vote will be taken at a later meeting.

Indiana University biology professors Keith Clay and Angie Shelton told council members that research shows an overabundance of deer in the area that’s causing ecosystem damage.

Opponents questioned whether killing deer would be a long-term solution and whether the problem as Griffy Lake was that severe.

The sharpshooting would likely occur between November and February.

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