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Bloomington City Council Approves Sharpshooters To Thin Deer Population
Updated April 10, 2014 8:52 AM
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(BLOOMINGTON) - The Bloomington City Council approved amending city code to allow sharpshooters to thin the deer population at Griffy Lake Nature Preserve by a 6-2-1 vote about 1:15 a.m. this morning.

The no votes came from council members Dorothy Granger and Steve Volan. Tim Mayer abstained. Voting yes were Dave Rollo, Andy Ruff, Darryl Neher, Chris Sturbaum, Marty Spechler and Susan Sandberg.

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

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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