Bloomington mayor vetoes preserve deer hunt plan

A white-tailed deer peeks through the trees at the Cleveland Metroparks reservation in Strongsville, Ohio Friday, Jan. 10, 2014. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)
A white-tailed deer peeks through the trees at the Cleveland Metroparks reservation in Strongsville, Ohio Friday, Jan. 10, 2014. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — The mayor of Bloomington has vetoed an ordinance that would allow sharpshooters to thin the deer heard at a city nature preserve.

Mayor Mark Kruzan says he can’t support the proposal and that he also opposed the start of deer hunts in Indiana’s state parks while he was a state legislator.

The plan approved by the City Council in a 6-2 vote last week would have the parks department hire sharpshooters to hunt in the 1,200-acre Griffy Lake preserve on the city’s north side.

Supporters say research shows an overabundance of deer in the area is causing ecosystem damage.

Councilman Dave Rollo tells The Herald-Times he expects the council will vote next week on whether to override Kruzan’s veto. Six votes would be needed for that step.

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