contraception 2015

Deer Contraception News from 2015,  Some links may no longer be active

Death of Contraception Pioneer, Jay Kirkpatrick, PhD December 22, 2015 Montana
... Jay's work presented an alternative to roundups, relocations, surgical sterilization and the culling of wild horses, bison, deer and elephants. His research is published in numerous journals. There's an excellent feature story about Jay and his work here...

Blue Hills, To Reduce Deer Population, Hunters Return To The Blue Hills Reservation December 6, 2015 Massachusetts, WBUR
...  “We’ve been able to show on some smaller sites, especially more isolated sites, that we can reduce deer populations by as much as 50 percent in five years, which is the best we’ve done so far,” ... says Allen Rutberg, the director of the Center for Animals and Public Policy at the Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine ...

Hastings, New York Suburb Will Start Giving Deer Birth Control as an Alternative to Violence December 3, 2015 Clearly Veg
... working with Tufts University Center for Animals and Public Policy ... Dr. Rutberg ... is optimistic ... the town's population could see a drastic decrease within five years...

Staten Island, Group wants to 'save' Staten Island deer from slaughter December 1, 2015 New York, Staten Island Advance 
... NYCLASS launched a petition Tuesday calling on the city to give the borough's female deer birth control as a way of controlling the expanding white-tailed herd...

Seven Hills public meeting addresses the deer overpopulation problem November 17, 2015 Ohio, Cleveland Plain Dealer 
... The cities plan to put an issue on the March 15, 2016 ballot to approve a combination of bow hunting, sterilization and birth control to cull the deer population...

Contraceptive Could Reduce Taxpayer Costs For Wild Horses November 9, 2015 Wyoming, Wyoming Public Media
...  thanks to a contraceptive called PZP  Senior Scientist of the Science and Conservation Center Jay F. Kirkpatrick said, “They reached zero population growth in three years flat. They’re balancing foal production with mortality.” ... also used to control herds of elephants, deer, and bison...

Esquimalt, Pilot project to control deer births proposed in Esquimalt October 13, 2015 British Columbia, BC Local New
... Urban Wildlife Stewardship Society (UWSS) ... society president and retired biologist Bryan Gates proposed a pilot project that would trap female deer, then inject them with SpayVac — a contraceptive vaccine that’s proven effective in deer and can be used to control populations...

Hastings deer control project looks for long-term results October 9, 2015 New York, Journal News Media Group
... have tagged 30 or so does and injected them with a contraceptive vaccine that renders them infertile for at least two years... The program cost $13,724 in 2015, with much of that covering a one-time cost for field cameras ...

Deer control: Rye, Mamaroneck go back to drawing board October 9, 2015 New York, Journal News Media Group 
... Mamaroneck's mayor said he'll consider a non-lethal contraception program - if paid for through private fundraising... Local officials say they’re limited in options for their own programs because the village and city don’t own large swaths of land where hunting can take place...  members of Animal Defenders of Westchester ... opposes killing deer and favors a sterilization program...

Saddle River''s quandary: To hunt or not to hunt deer October 4, 2015 New Jersey, North Jersey 
...To the surprise of some attendees, the state biologists said the overseeing Fish and Game Council would allow a municipality to try a contraceptive approach only if it first allows hunting.  Several residents questioned the practicality of allowing hunting in a suburban neighborhood...

Dalton discusses deer management, noise September 23, 2015 Idaho, CDA Press
.... presentation with Dr. Jay Kirkpatrick, director of the Science and Conservation Center at ZooMontana in Billings. He discussed the contraceptive vaccine porcine zona pellucida, known as PZP ...  the necessary two-and-a-half day classes to administer the vaccine via injection or dart is $200 per person. The doses are $24 each...  "There is no connection between urban deer management and recreational hunting," he said. ...

Saanich, Vaccine proposed to control Saanich’s deer population September 17, 2015 British Columbia, Saanich News 
...  The pilot project would use a Spay-Vac, an experimental immunocontraceptive vaccine, to introduce a foreign protein into female deer that prevents fertilization...  a single dose can be effective for up to five or six years... confident Spay-Vac would be much cheaper than trapping, sedating, transporting, spaying and releasing deer...

Lebanon to hear about sterilization to curb deer September 8, 2015 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
... Kristen Tullo, newly installed Pennsylvania director of the Humane Society of the United States, is looking for a place to test an untried, experimental five-year deer sterilization program...  “What we want to study — what we want to learn — is what happens in an open system with the movement of animals. Can [that procedure] still reduce the population?” ...
    Mt. Lebanon turns to archers in controlling deer population September 9, 2015 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
.... “We have a very effective, humane and innovative project to address and stabilize the deer population through a nonlethal method,” said Kristen Tullo, state director for the Humane Society... DeNicola said that with sufficient funding, reaching the entire female deer population would be feasible and could reach Mt. Lebanon's goal in five years...

Deer plan could be on its way to Saanich August 18, 2015 British Columbia, Saanich News
... the Urban Wildlife Stewardship Society hopes to launch its pilot project, Deer Plan Oak Bay, this fall...deer would be vaccinated in the Oak Bay area with semi-permanent contraceptives ... Saanich Coun. Vic Derman, a CRD director, was impressed during the July 22 CRD presentation... 

... the HSUS believes that deer in Ann Arbor are sufficiently approachable and accessible to warrant further consideration of non-lethal methods of population control," [Mayor] Taylor said ... In an eight-page report released on Wednesday, Boyles Griffin [Humane Society] ... she and her team were able to walk within 10-40 yards of the deer they observed ...

Oak Bay, Deer a shared responsibility July 31, 2015 British Columbia, Oak Bay News
... The Urban Wildlife Stewardship Society was very happy to receive $5,000 in financial support from Oak Bay council  ... One main goal is to demonstrate a non-lethal alternative to lethal culls – immuno-contraception ... Tagging and tracking the deer in Oak Bay, along with vaccinating the does with the contraceptive SpayVac, is an important element of our program...

CRD directors vote to leave deer management to municipalities July 23, 2015 British Columbia, Times Colonist
... Capital Regional District directors agreed Wednesday the CRD should take only a limited role in deer management.  And some directors encouraged representatives of a citizens group looking to sterilize urban deer — rather than see them culled — to formally apply for CRD funding...

... Injecting PZP pellets into deer — either by hand or using a dart gun — renders deer temporarily infertile.  Boyles Griffin said a $25 dose lasts about one year, while a $230 dose can last about two or three years...  PZP has proven to be about 90 percent effective... about 258 deer at Fripp Island and saw a dramatic decrease in the fawn rate, decreasing the population by 50 percent in five years...

Oak Bay deer-cull foes ready to foot contraceptive June 28, 2015 British Columbia, Times Colonist
... Urban Wildlife Stewardship Society ... has submitted its application for the provincial permit, and the federal application is underway, said society president Bryan Gates.  A spokesman for the B.C. Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources said the group’s application has not been reviewed or processed. “Timelines can vary considerably ...

Oak Bay, Citizens group secures deer contraceptive vaccine June 26, 2015 British Columbia, Oak Bay News 
... The Urban Wildlife Stewardship Society has a commitment for 25 doses of SpayVac from ImmunovaccineInc., a Canadian vaccine development company in Nova Scotia. The doses are to be used in a project later this year to capture, immunize, tag and monitor up to 25 female deer...

Ann Arbor, Humane Society to assess potential for deer fertility control in Ann Arbor May 25, 2015 Michigan, MLive 
... the Humane Society of the United States is now being invited to travel to Ann Arbor to assess the feasibility for conducting a deer fertility control research project here... Robert McGee, founder of a group called Ann Arbor Residents for Non-Lethal Deer Management, made an offer at last week's council meeting to pay to bring in experts from the Humane Society ...

Oak Bay, Editorial: Sterilizing deer is worth trying April 21, 2015 British Columbia, Times Colonist
... Sterilizing seems an attractive solution — no deer killed, reproduction is curtailed. SpayVac has proven to be effective in preventing pregnancies for up to six years, and only one shot is necessary... The vaccine is experimental — it will have to be manufactured to order, after the proper permits are obtained from Health Canada and the province...
     (Reply to Editorial) Deer-sterilizing plan sounds like a win-win April 24, 2015 British Columbia, Times Colonist
... After some research about the contraceptive type proposed, statistics have proven that a doe will remain sterile for basically as long as she lives... This project will be privately funded, leaving Oak Bay taxpayers without the high cost, both financially and emotionally, of a brutal cull...

Oak Bay, Oak Bay deer need birth control, not death penalty group says April 14, 2015 British Columbia, CBC
...  a newly formed group called the Urban Wildlife Stewardship Society is advocating a non-lethal approach to keeping down the deer population.  The society's goal is to capture 25 to 50 deer in Oak Bay and administer what is called an immunocontraceptive ... the group needs a federal certificate from Health Canada which Page says can be a lengthy process ...

Oak Bay, Mayor says deer cull only option available January 20, 2015 British Columbia, Oak Bay News 
... Saanich biologist Rick Page has worked with Mark Fraker, a biologist and president of SpayVac for Wildlife Inc. and TerraMar Environmental Research based in Sidney. SpayVac is considered experimental as it has not been widely used. However, Fraker has used it in the United States and locally, at CFB Esquimalt and Maple Ridge, with positive results, according to Page.  “This is an opportunity for Oak Bay to do an incredible pilot project that I think people would buy into and support,” Kilpatrick said ...

Oak Bay, Deer deserve kinder fate January 8, 2015 British Columbia, BC Local News
... Officials have been describing the proposed cull as “humane”, yet the procedure as shown in a brief video clip on CTV News, indicates that it is not.  We were told that the SpayVac contraceptive, a non-lethal alternative means of deer population reduction, would not be available in 2014.  Now that we have crossed the threshold into 2015, why not undertake a pilot project with SpayVac? It has been used on James Island on fallow deer and at the base in Esquimalt on native black tailed deer...





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