OGDEN DUNES, Ind. (CBS) — The town of Ogden Dunes, Ind., is free to go ahead with a hunt to thin the deer population, after a judge refused to step in and stop the hunt before a public hearing later this month.

As WBBM Newsradio’s Mike Krauser reports, the issue has divided the beach community, and opponents have different reasons. Some don’t want to see rifles in the town, while others don’t want to see the deer killed.

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But experts say there is no question that Ogden Dunes has a deer population problem. They say the deer population is out of control all along the southern shore of Lake Michigan, and deer culls are planned elsewhere.

Proponents of the cull point to the outbreak of Lyme disease in the area. Indeed, one morning dog walker told WBBM Newsradio she had Lyme disease, and can understand both sides.

What is most upsetting to opponents is that the Department of Natural Resources permit to begin the hunt is in effect now, but there won’t be an opportunity for a public hearing until Dec. 29.

Ogden Dunes has a permit for volunteer sharpshooters to kill up to 40 deer through Feb. 15.

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