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Bloomington Mayor Vetoes Deer Sharpshooter Ordinance

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Supporters of the ordinance to shoot deer in Griffy Nature Preserve say it will help preserve the balance of biodiversity.

Mayor Mark Kruzan, D-Bloomington, is vetoing an ordinance that would have allowed sharpshooters to hunt deer in Griffy Lake Nature Preserve.

Kruzan announced today he is returning the unsigned ordinance the city council sent to his desk last week.

The measure would allow sharpshooters contracted by the city to shoot and kill deer in an effort to reduce the deer population, which supporters say is ruining the biodiversity in the area.

“I’ve never felt the same about the state forests since hunting has been allowed, and I’m concerned that people will never feel the same about Griffy Nature Preserve after hunting is allowed there,” Kruzan said in a interview on Tuesday when asked about the council’s decision.

While the mayor says he cannot support a the measure as a matter of conscience, ordinance author Council Member Dave Rollo says he supports the legislation for the same reason.

“My conscience is telling me that Griffy is endangered and will soon be lost in terms of its rich biodiversity unless we give the tools to the land managers they need to reduce deer numbers,” Rollo says.

Rollo says he is hopeful the veto will be over-ridden at the next Common Council meeting on Monday.

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