Mayor Mark Kruzan says he fears the emotional consequences of allowing any hunting within city limits.
The Bloomington City Council voted late last night to allow sharpshooters in Griffy Lake Nature Preserve to combat the overpopulation of deer.
The number of deer harvested in Indiana in 2013 decreased 8 percent from 2012.
Hunters can bring their deer meat to a processor to be donated to Indiana food banks.
Twenty-one Indiana state parks are temporarily closing for deer hunting. During this time the parks will only be open to licensed hunters.
State officials say large deer populations can damage forest ecosystems by eating too many plants that other animals use for food.
Indiana legislators are considering a proposal that would keep the Department of Natural Resources from shutting down farms that raise deer for hunting.
The bill's author says hunting and fishing rights need to be protected, but opponents worry it would limit state regulation.
November second, when the new I-69 extension opened, through December fourteenth, there have been 28 crashes, 24 of those are deer related.
The Bloomington City Council accepted the deer task force's recommendations but it could be a year before it puts any of them to a vote.