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.
The Indiana Department of Natural Resources tried to shut down captive hunts, but operators filed a lawsuit in response that is still pending.
No diseased deer have been found in Indiana, but the DNR still urges residents to be on the lookout for deer with yellow tags.
The call is due to farm-raised deer that escaped from a captive cervid facility whose owner is cooperating with DNR.
Thousands of deer in Indiana have contracted epizootic hemorrhagic disease, a virus that can be fatal to the animals.
The deer task force is holding a series of meetings in the coming weeks to finalize its recommendation to the city council and county commissioners.
Officials say most hunters follow the rules, but will try to use a cash incentive to catch those who don't.