Bloomington council backs deer hunt in preserve

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The Bloomington City Council has decided to allow sharpshooters to thin the deer heard at a city nature preserve.

The council voted 6-2 to approve the hunting proposal for the Griffy Lake preserve, with another member abstaining.

More than 20 members of the public spoke about the plan during a lengthy council meeting that lasted into early Thursday. The Herald-Times reports several opponents called the plan a "massacre," while supporters pointed to research showing an overabundance of deer in the area is causing ecosystem damage.

City parks director Mick Renneisen says a contractor would assess the 1,200-acre preserve on the city's north side and provide an estimate for the number of deer that sharpshooters could kill.

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