Correction: An earlier version of this story indicated the Bloomington city council, not the parks board was considering the contract.
The debate over a deer sharpshooting plan goes before Bloomington city officials at 4 p.m. today.
A newly formed citizens group, called Bloomington Advocates for Nonviolent Innovative Deer Stewardship, is urging the parks department to not enter the city into a contract to hire sharpshooters to kill up to 100 deer in the 1,200-acre Griffy Lake Nature Preserve.
Supporters say research shows an overabundance of deer in the area is causing ecosystem damage, but opponents say there is no need for the costly and bloody sharpshooter program.
The Bloomington parks board is now considering a contract to enact the ordinance.
The mayor would still need to sign-off on the $31,000 contract.