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City Reschedules Griffy Lake Deer Cull To Recruit More Hunters

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A sharpshooting company killed 62 deer as part of planned cull last year (WFIU/WTIU News).

Bloomington's Parks and Recreation Department says a deer reduction hunt planned for this weekend is being rescheduled for fall 2019. 

The city planned to use a $32,500 Community Hunting Access Program grant to conduct regulated deer hunts at Griffy Lake Nature Preserve. The money allowed the city to hire sharpshooting company White Buffalo, Inc. to administer the hunt, which local hunters would participate in

More than 20 hunters expressed interest, but White Buffalo told the city it needed more to meet its reduction goals. That led Bloomington to reschedule the hunt for November 2019, with the hopes of recruiting more than 40 hunters. 

The city says the hunts are necessary to reduce the negative impacts deer have on native plant life at Griffy Lake.

But, some residents oppose the culls. Several spoke at a council meeting in September and called on the city to do a larger study before conducting another deer cull. 

White Buffalo killed 62 deer at Griffy as part of a planned cull in 2017.

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