Sharpshooters hired for Bloomington deer hunt

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — The Bloomington parks board has approved a $31,000 contract for sharpshooters to kill up to 100 deer in a city nature preserve.

The parks board voted unanimously in favor of the contract Tuesday after hearing almost two hours of public comments.

The Herald-Times reports the contract allows the company to schedule deer hunts from Nov. 15 to Feb. 28, with all the deer meat being donated to the Hoosier Hills Food Bank.

The City Council voted to April to allow the sharpshooters in the 1,200-acre Griffy Lake preserve on the city’s north side.

Opponents told the parks board they don’t believe deer overabundance at the preserve has been proven. City natural resources manager Steve Cotter says thinning the deer herd is necessary to protect Griffy Lake’s biodiversity. 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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