Sharpshooters hired for Bloomington deer hunt

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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 in 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.

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