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Task Force Proposes Sharpshooters to Control Deer Population

Contraceptives and sharpshooters were two solutions proposed at a meeting of the city's Deer Task Force Thursday.

Urban Deer

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A deer grazes on a city street -- a practice a Bloomington task force seeks to limit or eliminate.

Contraceptives and sharpshooters could help control Bloomington’s deer population. Those were two solutions proposed at a meeting of the city’s Deer Task Force Thursday.

To combat the city’s deer overcrowding, two biologists from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources said fences and feeding bans would help — and wouldn’t harm the deer.

Task force chairman Dave Rollo said the group was formed after a community petition drive resulted in almost 600 signatures seeking a reduction in the deer population.

The next meeting is scheduled for the Deer Task Force is November 10th.

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