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Deer shot illegally in Iroquois Park

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LOUISVILLE, KY (WDRB) -- Police are stepping up patrols and city leaders are reminding residents that hunting in city parks is illegal after a deer was fatally shot this weekend in Iroquois Park.

The shooting concerned Jimmy Mann, whose home sits less than 50 yards from where the deer was shot. Mann believes whoever did it was "shooting for the thrill" because the deer carcass was left behind.

"As a homeowner and a citizen I'm outraged - that's the bottom line," said Mann. "It was a very loud boom. I'd say it was either a high powered rifle or maybe a shotgun with a deer slug. It could've hit my home. It's a very dangerous situation."

The discovery early Sunday morning prompted Mann to call his Metro Councilwoman Marianne Butler, D - District 15. In an interview with WDRB News, Butler said Iroquois Park has had problems with people shooting deer in the past. She asked LMPD's 3rd Division major to step patrols in the area. 

"And that's just too close to the homes. It's not safe for people to be doing that," Butler said.

While reducing an overgrown population of deer is important, Butler and other city leaders are discouraging anyone from shooting in city parks. It is illegal to do so.

"The longstanding policy at Metro Parks is that hunting is strictly prohibited in all parks and green spaces operated by this agency," Julie Kredens, a Metro Parks spokeswoman, said in an email.

While shooting is illegal, a controlled bow hunt for deer is planned for this weekend in the Parklands of Floyds Fork. 21st Century Parks officials are holding the hunt later this week to reduce an overgrown population.

Councilman Jerry Miller, R - District 18, is the former state parks commissioner. Miller says the controlled hunt in his district is meant to reduce the herd that's threatening to eat newly planted trees.

"It's a conservation means that will get that deer population back into a healthy range. As it stands right now there are so many deer they will be eating the trees that have been planted," said Miller.  

"A hunter no matter if he's hunting with a gun or an arrow is responsible for where that winds up. So that's why we really want to use professional hunters or people who are really experienced," he added.

The hunt is not open to the public. Between 15 to 20 experienced or professional hunters have been pre-selected to take part. Miller said the hunters were the same ones who helped with counting the deer earlier this year.

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