Eagle Creek Park considers another hunt to control deer population

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INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - Nearly two years after the first controversial deer hunt at Eagle Creek Park, the park is considering another one this fall.

In 2014 and early 2015, the Wounded Warriors and USDA sharpshooters harvested 249 deer, but park administrators say the population is still too high.

They say it's hurting the park's ecosystem and increasing the risk for drivers.

Some wildlife experts say a healthy population would be no more than 73 deer for the entire park.

A count last spring estimated 553 deer.

The park does not need the City-County Council to sign off, but it would need to follow DNR rules and give public notice.
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