Bloomington City Council Approves Deer Task Force Advisory

The report, more than two years in the making, includes both lethal and non-lethal options for deer population control.

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The task force has worked on the issues of affected gardens, driving safety, and the health of Monroe County deer.

The Bloomington City Council voted unanimously Wednesday to accept recommendations from the city’s Deer Task Force as an advisory document.

But accepting the report does not mean that the city is limited or bound to the suggestions outlined by the task force.

The report, more than two years in the making, includes both lethal and non-lethal options for deer population control, such as raising fence heights, prohibiting citizens from feeding deer and the more controversial methods of trap-and-kill, sharp-shooting, and bow-hunting.

The council must still vote to approve deer control measures and decide the budget for any future actions.

Yin Xia contributed to this report.

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