The Bloomington Board of Park Commissioners voted 4-0 to hire a sharpshooting firm to kill up to 100 deer in Griffy Lake Nature Preserve.
The Bloomington parks board is considering a contract that would use sharpshooters to cull the deer population in Griffy Lake Nature Preserve.
Mayor Mark Kruzan refused last week to sign an ordinance that would have allowed sharpshooting in Griffy Nature Preserve.
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.