MINOT, N.D. — The Minot City Council has taken its first step to ban bow hunting within city limits.

The city approved the first reading of an ordinance Monday after hearing from residents opposed to bow hunting, the Minot Daily News reported. The ordinance would make hunting with an archery or crossbow in city limits punishable by fine.

A second reading will be required to put the ordinance into effect.

Safety concerns about bow hunting came after an animal nuisance committee considered ways to reduce the population of some animals, including deer.

The city attorney had initially drafted an ordinance that would’ve prohibited hunting in the cemetery, but the council decided to amend the drafted ordinance to be citywide with a moratorium.

“What we are dealing with here is something a little bit different. It’s the possibility that somebody would be hunting deer,” said Commission President Mark Jantzer. “The intent of this motion is to curtail that until such time as there’s a well formulated plan as to how these things can be done — if that’s what we choose to do.

Council member Josh Wolsky, who chairs the nuisance animal committee, said the committee may bring back alternatives for dealing with deer.

“This is far from a settled issue,” Wolsky said.

Information from: Minot Daily News, http://www.minotdailynews.com