Contraception 2017

Deer Contraception News from 2017

Wild horse feeding stations aim to help protect animals December 18, 2017 New Mexico, Carlsbad Current-Argus
... a feeding station for wild horses that is equipped with the capability for remote injection of contraceptives. This patent-pending method is conducted with remote delivery. After the horse has placed itself in the proper position, an operator nearly 300 miles away is able to dispatch the injection via video surveillance and controls...  can also be adapted to feral dogs, feral pigs, deer ...

... Around 10 years ago, the city introduced a bow and arrow deer hunting season to try to control the growing population but it hasn't been working, so now are considering a deer birth control program...

Oak Bay wants more doe from province November 16, 2017 British Columbia, Victoria News
... “The province is making sure this follows a very, very strong scientific rigour. They are moving away from culling and now supporting other options like trans-location and immunocontraceptives,” said Steve Huxter, project manager of UWSS. “It is new to them so they are demanding a high level of confidence in what we are doing.” ...

Head of the Harbor, Village considers allowing dart guns to control deer population July 16, 2017 New York, Newsday
... trustees decided last year to pursue nonlethal means of population control and contacted researchers from the Humane Society of the United States and Tufts University exploring use of porcine zona pellucid, or PZP, a substance derived from pig ovaries that uses an animal’s own immune system to prevent pregnancy in wildlife populations ...

EPA gives thumbs up on vaccine to manage deer populations humanely July 11, 2017 HSUS
... , the Environmental Protection Agency has approved the registration of the immunocontraceptive vaccine, Zonastat- D, for the management of deer populations. Similar to the Zonastat-H vaccine, whose use in the humane control of wild horse populations is well established and effective ... When used properly, PZP reduces fawning rates by 85 to 90 percent...

... looked into the possibility of using salt licks containing birth-control chemicals... don't have long-term health effects on the deer ... Some reports say the salt licks are harmless to people, Vancheri said, but other studies question whether droppings left by deer that consume salt licks will damage the soil and possibly cause other health issues...

... "What we hope to do is use an immuno-contraceptive that's a long-term. If we could develop the vaccine properly, it could last for as long as four to five years. This would be a much more efficient way of reducing population levels." ... Steve Huxter of the Urban Wildlife Stewardship Society.

Research project will see deer fitted with GPS collars March 17, 2017 British Columbia, Times Colonist
... The provincial government is giving Oak Bay $20,000 to outfit 20 deer with GPS tracking collars and install 40 motion-sensor cameras to photograph the animals as they wander its trails. This is the beginning of a plan to reduce the number of deer through the use of birth-control drugs...



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