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Group Opposes Deer Task Force’s Lethal Recommendations

Some members of the group 'BUCK UP' say the large deer population is not necessarily a bad thing.

A coalition of Monroe County residents is taking issue with a plan to recommend the killing of deer in and around Bloomington. A group known as ‘Buck Up’ wants to counter the Deer Task Force’s recommendations.

After last month’s report from the Bloomington, Monroe County Deer Task Force recommended using both lethal and non-lethal methods to quell the deer population, several residents became concerned.

Alyce Miller says deer have visited her east side home for several years. She put up a fence around her yard to protect her garden, and changed the types of plants she grows. She says the lethal recommendations from the task force don’t make sense.

“The problem with the lethal solution, I mean in the most practical sense, regardless in how one feels about the deer, is that it is not a onetime solution, it would mean doing this over and over,” she says.

Miller is part of ‘BUCK UP’, which stands for Bloomington United for Common-Sense Urban Planning. She says the group formed to convince the city council that non-lethal methods should be looked at to control the deer. She says some in the group do not believe the size of the of deer population is a bad thing, pointing out there has never been a formal count.

However, Bloomington resident Nancy Hoff has seen firsthand the destruction deer have done to her lawn and garden. She says lethal force is appropriate.

“Its fine with me, I like the recommendations they’re coming up with,” she says.

The Bloomington City Council is scheduled to hear the task force’s recommendations during its October 24th meeting.

Dan Goldblatt

Dan Goldblatt is the Multi-media Producer for WFIU/WTIU News. A graduate of Indiana University, he studied journalism and anthropology. He currently lives in Bloomington with his cat, June Carter.

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