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Deer Hunt Still Coming For Bloomington Nature Preserve

Officials in Bloomington say they're waiting for a contractor to schedule the planned deer cull in a city nature preserve.

The city parks board in August approved a contract with White Buffalo Inc. for sharpshooters to kill up to 100 deer this winter at the Griffy Lake preserve.

Parks Department natural resources manager Steve Cotter says the deer cull will happen by the end of February. The exact date depends on the contractor’s availability and the weather.

Cotter says culling the deer will protect the ecosystem at Griffy Lake, particularly plant life. Right now, he says deer are reducing – and in some cases, eliminating – certain plant species in the area.

“And we’re afraid that we’re going to be losing groups of species of plants that are palatable to deer,” Cotter says.

Cotter says the cull will help preserve those plant species within the 1,200-acre preserve on the city's north side.

Some residents against the hunt questioned whether the area has a serious deer problem.

The city canceled a planned deer cull in 2015 because the deer weren't lured to bait sites White Buffalo set up. Residents protested the planned killing in the months leading up to the cull.

Taylor Haggerty contributed to this report.

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