Deer hunt proposed for Bloomington nature preserve

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — An overabundance of deer is leading to a proposal to allow sharpshooters to hunt in a Bloomington nature preserve.

City Councilman Dave Rollo says the large number of deer at Griffy Lake preserve has led to much of its vegetation being stripped away. He tells The Herald-Times he’s worried that the 1,200-acre preserve’s biodiversity is imperiled.

Rollo says he’s working on a proposed city ordinance that would have sharpshooters hired to thin the deer herd during winter months.

Similar concerns about large deer populations led to hunters being allowed in state parks over the past 20 years.

A task force has been looking at ways to reduce the number of deer around Bloomington, but opponents have called its proposals to allow hunting of the animals as inhumane and dangerous. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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