Contraception 2016

Deer Contraception News from 2016,  Some links may no longer be active      Back to 2017 News

Speaker: Allen Rutberg, Director of Tufts Center for Animals and Public Policy and research assistant professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. Discussion of deer population management and the use of PZP contraceptive. - February 16, 2016


Oak Bay denied funds for deer birth control December 11, 2016 British Columbia, Times Colonist
... The stewardship society, founded last year, previously lobbied for the use of SpayVac, a contraceptive vaccine, but that vaccine is no longer produced in Canada.  Now, the society is working with a lab that could produce a new immuno-contraceptive, said Steven Huxter, the society’s project manager. An alternative is a vaccine called ZonaStat-H, being used on wild horses in Alberta...

Arizona House Congressional leaders call for humane fertility control of Salt River wild horses in order to save them November 28, 2016 Arizona, Sonoran News
... Republican and Democrat members of the Arizona House Delegation called on the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) ... to immediately approve a humane fertility control program to manage the Salt River horses ... the PZP fertility control vaccine, which can be delivered via remote darting, would be used to limit population growth and maintain a healthy population ... used on urban deer ...

pioneer of humane fertility control vaccine, PZP November 23, 2016 Animal Fertility Vaccine Information Center
... PZP is safe, effective and humane. It is an organically derived vaccine that prevents pregnancy in female animals – including wild horses, bison, elephants and urban deer and more than 80 species of zoo animals - and is administered by a dart. The vaccine doesn’t harm animals, jeopardize existing pregnancies or pass into the surrounding environment...

Oak Bay,  Deer on birth control? Yes, that's happening in Oak Bay November 18, 2016, Globalnews.ca
... Researchers have been vaccinating up to 21 doe over the last few mating seasons in the community... The inoculations would be effective for up to five years, but only 30 per cent of the doe population would be vaccinated...

Saddle River, Offer To Sterilize Deer Still Stands November 18, 2016 New Jersey, Fair Lawn-Glen Rock Daily Voice
... “The people have spoken out strongly for non-lethal,” said Cerf, director of Ridgewood Veterinary Hospital in Ridgewood and Midland Park... females will be vaccinated with a contraceptive ... select males will get vasectomies ...

... Head of the Harbor Village trustees will move forward with a plan to control the overabundant village deer population with a birth control drug...

Belvedere forum explores deer management, sterilization October 27, 2016 California, Marin Independent Journal
... PZP, created from pig ovaries, is 90 percent effective in blocking fertilization ...The vaccine, good for up to three years, does not pass through a food chain and is reversible... “It’s reversible so unlike surgical sterilization, it’s not permanent ... If, for some reason, the population goes down too low and you want to stop, you just stop treating them and they will regain fertility.” ...

Harbor Springs, Future of Harbor Springs Deer Park up for vote October 16, 2016 Michigan, UpNorthLive.com
... The biggest factor in maintaining the park is limiting the herds population.  In 2011, a local resident saw two police officers shoot and kill two of the deer in the park, which had been the standard procedure for years... the city introduced a contraception plan as a more human alternative...

... Volunteer darters—who number more than 100 and include teachers, real-estate agents and a retired Los Angeles detective—believe they can control populations more cheaply and humanely at riflepoint.  Their movement is rooted in Billings, Mont., where the nonprofit Science and Conservation Center was established in 1998 to research wildlife contraceptives—chiefly a vaccine called PZP...

... One of the possibilities is an immunocontraceptive that would be shot into does with a dart...  Mayor Patrick Ward is working with resident Barbara Bruck and the Humane Society of the United States ... If the darting of deer were to take place, it would be a first in Ohio ...

Fire Island, FI deer management plan approved May 19, 2016 New York, Suffolk County News
... still includes ... a hunt to kill deer ... Beqaj explained that in 1995, she and volunteers from the island’s 17 communities had been involved with a cooperative experimental study with the Fire Island National Seashore. Special permit had been given for the use of the contraceptive PZP (procine zona pellucida) to control the deer population that she says was very successful...

Bald Head Island completes third season of non-lethal deer herd control May 11, 2016  North Carolina, State Port Pilot 
... ended its third season after capturing and inoculating 36 does, exceeding expectations ... the only community using the immunocontraceptive GonaCon on a wild deer population, making it a test case for non-lethal control... For more information about the deer management project and a week-by-week breakdown of this past season, visit www.bhic.org/deer...

...  a recent online survey conducted by the city show a slim majority of respondents — 54.4 percent — support continuing lethal methods to reduce the deer population, while 45.3 percent are opposed.  A larger majority — 61.4 percent — support implementing nonlethal methods such as contraceptives or sterilization ...

Fire Island deer plan for hunts, birth control wins final OK May 2, 2016 New York, Newsday
... The National Park Service has given final approval to a Fire Island National Seashore plan that includes fencing off areas, hunting and possibly administering birth control to reduce white-tailed deer populations ...

Nevada partnership tries to shrink size of mustang herd April 25, 2016 Las Vegas Review-Journal
... Working with the Bureau of Land Management, the nonprofit group is using the contraceptive vaccine PZP with the help of the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign to try to shrink the herd and eliminate nuisance complaints that could prompt more roundups...

Birth Control for Bambi April 15, 2016 New York, Undark Magazine
...  In a series of pilot projects in the 1990s and 2000s, Rutberg tested PZP at sites in South Carolina, New York, Maryland and Connecticut with promising results. On South Carolina’s Fripp Island, PZP cut deer density in half ... Hastings represented a new challenge — a truly “open system.” ... According to Rutberg, horny males don’t appear to be flooding into Hastings ...

Culling and contraception March 7, 2016 Science Line
... some zoos favor a different method of controlling animal populations: contraception. “Contraception is just as important as culling,” says the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria’s Williams-Mitchell... across its 349 member zoos in 44 European countries — with 150 large mammals euthanized and more than 4,800 animals (mostly mammals) receiving contraception in 2013... “American zoos have been using contraception much longer and more extensively than European zoos,” says Cheryl Asa ... based at the Saint Louis Zoo in Missouri...

Hastings, Year 3 of the Deer Immunocontraception Effort Underway March 1, 2016 New York, The Village of Hastings-on-Hudson
... We have inoculated 29 does over the last two years, and this year, most those should not have fawns (PZP is 80-90% effective)... There are feeding stations set up in several locations in the village, and cameras intended to monitor deer behavior... For more information on our effort, go here.

Oak Bay, Scientific approach could make us a leader on deer February 13, 2016 British Columbia, Times Colonist, Bryan Gates is president of the Urban Wildlife Stewardship Society 
... our project calls for the inoculation of does with an immunocontraceptive. This part of the project is intended to manage deer in Oak Bay to a scientifically defined population objective by making does sterile and reducing the number of fawns born each spring, without creating vacant territory into which other deer will move. This approach has been tried with success in several jurisdictions, including locally at James Island and CFB Esquimalt...

... Today, PZP is used in more than 30 wild horse management areas, including the Pryor Range, and has helped reduce the need for inhumane and costly roundups and warehousing of horses. It’s also used on 17 African elephant reserves and on the bison of Catalina Island. In four states, it’s been used to manage urban deer...

Deer discussion delayed to March February 12, 2016 British Columbia, BC Local News
... The Provincial Urban Deer Operational Cost Share Program provides financial support to local governments this fiscal year within their jurisdiction.  Eligible projects could be operational activities or research trials. The province indicates research includes trials in translocation and immuno-contraception which is a major component of the UWSS proposal...

No-kill deer control program begins on Bald Head Island January 14, 2016 North Carolina, The State Port Pilot ·
... the Bald Head Island Conservancy is using a contraceptive drug to keep the deer population down, with the goal of eliminating lethal culling completely... To learn more about the program, visit www.bhic.org/deer...

Blue Hills, As I See It: Science tackles deer problem January 9, 2016, Massachusetts, Worcester Telegram & Gazette, Dr. Allen Rutberg
... our research group darted the first free-roaming deer with contraceptives on Fire Island, New York, in 1993 ... According to Mr. Blazis' column, the 50 percent deer-population reduction we accomplished in five years at our study site at Fripp Island, South Carolina, took too long and didn’t get the job done.... We did get the job done, in a reasonable amount of time: Five years is also the time that the state Department of Conservation and Recreation targets to accomplish a 50 percent deer-population reduction at Blue Hills using a 3-5 day shotgun hunt...

Bald Head does to receive birth control injections January 6, 2016 North Carolina, StarNewsOnline
...  a portion of the island's does will receive a dose of Gonacon, a immunocontraception ... Dart guns   ... "Our ultimate goal is to leave 30 viable does that don’t have any anesthesia in them,” Dorsey said. “We don’t want to eradicate deer on the island, just have a healthy dose of 


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