Officials with Bloomington Parks & Recreation are set for a deer cull, which could begin this week.
Officials in Bloomington say they're waiting for a contractor to schedule the planned deer cull in a city nature preserve.
While Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), also known as mad deer disease, hasn’t spread to Indiana yet, the state is prepared to address a potential outbreak.
Some residents question whether the hunt is necessary and have called for a deer count before bringing sharpshooters to the area.
Researchers believe to maintain a healthy ecosystem in Indiana forests, something must be done about the deer population.
The program allows people to hunt on private property where deer are damaging crops and landscaping.
The DNR attributes the 92 percent increase to a law passed in 2016 that allows hunters to use high-powered rifles on private property.
The DNR says deer-vehicle collisions across Indiana numbered more than 14,000 last year, down nearly 9 percent from 2015.
After 10 years of contentious debate, Indiana legislators approved a law this year legalizing fenced-in deer hunting preserves.
Indiana officials are asking motorists to be more watchful for deer on the state's roadways as fall weather and mating season approach.