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About the Deer Taskforce

The City of Bloomington Common Council and the Monroe County Commissioners established a joint deer task force in 2010. See City's Resolution 10-03. The Task Force was formed in response to a growing number of concerns expressed by residents about the presence of deer in urban and suburban environments and about deer at Griffy Lake.

Since September 2010, the Task Force has met monthly to learn more about deer behavior and biology; about the ecosystem effects of deer at Griffy; about the cultural aspects of deer-human interaction and about common approaches to "urban deer" management. The group will now be shifting into educational outreach in an effort to communicate what it knows and to solicit feedback from the public.

Task Force Members: The 11-member Task Force is composed of a group of citizens with diverse backgrounds: a City Council member, a County Commissioner, the Director of the City's Animal Care and Control, a wildlife biologist from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (non-voting), a writer/activist, an ecologist, a wildlife rehabilitator, a CEO of a local animal welfare organization, a hunter, a biologist who studied bear-human conflicts in Japan and an anthropologist who studied deer-human conflicts in Scotland. Members were selected for service based on their background, an ability to keep an open mind, and the capacity to work with people of differing perspectives in the interest of reaching common ground.