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Group Proposes Ordinance To Ban Bow Hunting In Bloomington
Updated October 6, 2014 9:13 AM
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(BLOOMINGTON) - Bloomington Advocates for Nonviolent Innovative Deer Stewardship has proposed an ordinance that would ban bow hunting within the city limits and place a two year delay on the deer sharpshoot at Griffy Lake.

Currently bowhunting for deer is allowed on private property within Bloomington city limits.

But BANIDS, a group of concerned Bloomington residents, have proposed an ordinance to ban bow hunting within city limits.

The ordinance also calls for a two-year halt on the deer sharpshoot at Griffy Lake, set to start in November. The Bloomington Board of Park Commissioners unanimously approved a $31,000 sharpshooting contract with White Buffalo, a nonprofit wildlife management company to kill up to 100 deer from Nov. 15 to Feb. 28, 2015. It also specifies that all deer killed will be processed and the meat donated to Hoosier Hills Food Bank. The deer are being culled because they are causing extensive damage to the ecosystem.

BANIDS claims bow hunting is an inhumane method of killing deer and a safety hazard to residential neighborhoods, claiming Bloomington needs progressive, innovative, non-violent and safety-conscious deer stewardship.

But Bloomington City Council Member Dave Rollo a member of the city's deer task force says a two-year delay on the deer kill would further endanger the biodiversity at Griffy nature preserve and that prohibiting hunting in the city will create a higher deer population causing risks to drivers.

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