Though it has had four months to compile results, the Bloomington Deer Task Force announced at its Thursday meeting it still does not have data from a survey released over the summer seeking public input on how to handle the local deer population.
While the 10-member committee has eliminated several options, including euthanizing or relocating deer found in the city, the overall plan is still up in the air. City Councilman and Task Force chair Dave Rollo remains confident that the committee is doing its best and will find a solution with time.
“There has been no approach to deer taken into county and city before, and so we’re doing a very thorough job, considering everything we can so that we have the best possible report to give the policy makers,” Rollo says. “So, it may take a little time, but I think the product will be superb.”
The committee is moving forward, however, on a recommendation regarding deer near Griffy Lake – the area of the county where the vast majority of car-deer accidents take place. Committee members say they are leaning towards hiring hunting professionals to thin the herd.
Other possibilities include heightened fences and regulated hunting. The group will meet again next month to continue its discussion of the public survey.