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How to Handle the Deer Population at Griffy Lake Nature Preserve

The science behind a study done by IU biologists has been used to argue both in favor and against culling the deer population in the Griffy Nature Preserve.

The amount of deer in Bloomington, Ind. is measured by the trends and the effects of deer overabundance, such as deer health, ecosystem health and deer-human conflicts.

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The amount of deer in Bloomington, Ind. is measured by the trends and the effects of deer overabundance, such as deer health, ecosystem health and deer-human conflicts.

By Lacy Scarmana 

Back in April, the Bloomington City Council approved an amendment to city code that would allow sharpshooters to cull the deer population in the Griffy Lake Nature Preserve. The vote came after research by Indiana University biology professors suggested that an overabundance of deer in the area is causing damage to the ecosystem.

However, some are still questioning the severity of the deer population in the nature preserve and are fighting to protect the animals. Members of the opposition have formed a group called Bloomington Advocates for Nonviolent and Innovative Deer Stewardship (BANIDS).

This week on Noon Edition, we talked about the science behind the decision to control the deer population and how the two sides are interpreting the findings differently.

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