Judge allows Indianapolis park deer hunt
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A judge has ruled the city of Indianapolis can proceed with its plan to allow deer hunting for the first time ever in a municipal park.
The judge on Wednesday denied a temporary injunction to block the hunt that had been sought by a city resident who challenged the Eagle Creek Park deer cull in court. Plaintiff Wayne Larry Peavler argued the city parks board had no authority to allow the hunt. The hunt now is due to begin Friday.
Peavler says he’s “very disappointed” and no longer will visit the 3,900-acre park on the city’s northwest side because it will be “a killing ground.”
The city says the deer population has grown too large and has eaten too much of the park’s vegetation, impacting several species.