The official results are in from December’s Griffy Lake Nature Preserve deer cull.
Bloomington Parks Department Natural Resource Manager Steve Cotter says sharp shooting company White Buffalo Inc. killed 62 deer and a local company processed the meat.
“1,682 lbs. of venison was donated to the Hoosier Hills Food bank and I’ve heard that two-thirds of that has already been distributed,” Cotter says.
The total cost of the cull was more than $43,000. Most of which went to White Buffalo. Which means each deer killed cost the parks department around $700.
Cotter says despite the cost, the cull is necessary for the well-being of the plants and animals in the preserve.
He says they won’t know if the cull was successful until they can begin monitoring flowers in April.