Sterilization 2015

More Sterilization News from 2015  Some links may no longer be active

Clifton, Deer sterilization: When compassion, sport, need and science collide December 26, 2015 Ohio, Cincinnati
... The premise is sterilization only works because female deer tend to remain near a particular area... Of the 41 does sterilized, all but two awoke from the anesthesia. One showed signs of having a previous disease...  Necropsies were ordered on their bodies...The cost the first year of sterilization is roughly $1,000 per deer. though programs like one in Maryland have been able to reduce the cost by more than half over a four-year study by organizing and training volunteers...

... the 41 does sterilized during the first year of operations represent about 90 percent of the local adult doe population...  “So many communities around the nation want to know whether it is possible to manage their overabundant deer herds through non-lethal means alone. The research being done in Clifton will help to provide definitive answers.” ...

East Hampton, Allege East Hampton Village Deer Sterilization Was Illegal December 10, 2015 New York, East Hampton Star
... A complaint alleging that those engaged by East Hampton Village to sterilize deer were not licensed to practice veterinary medicine in New York State has been referred to the state attorney general’s office ... Mr. DeNicola ... said those who have performed the sterilizations did so under the supervision of a state-licensed veterinarian, Dr. Steven Timm ...

NIH’s Solution to Campus Overrun With Deer: Give Them Ovariectomies December 1, 2015 Maryland, The Washington Free Beacon 
...The National Institutes of Health ... is looking for a contractor to help the deer population problem on its 500-acre Bethesda headquarters, which currently has 30 to 40 deer running free ... the contractor will provide training of NIH veterinary staff in the performance of ovariectomies in deer ... [White Buffalo did the first round of ovariectomies and has also been chosen for the second round, update January 11, 2016]

Deer Sterilization Effort Stirs Ire in NY's Tony Hamptons November 22, 2015 New York, ABC News
... One backs an ongoing program to perform sterilization operations on deer them rather than kill them. And one is trying to shut it down, believing the surgeries are carried out in such a sloppy manner that they end up killing deer anyway...The village hired Connecticut nonprofit White Buffalo Inc. to conduct the sterilization program ...

...  “Vets will do the rapid ovariectomy. Then, once that’s done, they will give the deer antibiotics, a pain killer, and turn them loose when they are ready.”  The deer that undergo the procedure will be tagged and tracked by GPS...Each deer undergoing the procedure will cost between $600 and $1,000 ...

In an effort to reduce the deer population in urban areas of Cincinnati, park officials plan to implement a sterilization program in December. - 2015


Clifton deer population to be spayed. Yes, spayed November 13, 2015 Ohio, Cincinnati
... The neighborhood has raised $50,000 in private donations for the effort in Mount Storm, Rawson Woods and Edgewood Grove parks...  An expert from New England does the spaying...

Deer Sterilization to Continue November 12, 2015 New York, East Hampton Star
... The first phase, in which approximately 114 deer were sterilized, was not without incident  ... Results of necropsies performed on two deer that had been sterilized were “inconclusive as to the direct cause of death of the does,” according a statement Ms. Molinaro issued in September...
      Wildlife Advocates Sue East Hampton Village Over Deer Sterilization Effort November 10, 2015 New York, 27east.com
... "In January they sterilized does in unsanitary conditions," said Bill Crain, vice-president of the East Hampton Group for Wildlife ... In the spring at least a half-dozen female deer were found dead in the village, apparently suffering from infections and bleeding after giving birth to still-born babies ... as many as 19 of the deer, identified by white tags placed on their ears, may have died...

East Hampton, Deer Sterilization Effort Begins Again In East Hampton Village November 3, 2015 New York, 27east.com
... Last year White Buffalo tranquilized and surgically sterilized 114 does in East Hampton Village. This past spring, several of the sterilized deer—identifiable by the white plastic tags affixed to both ears—died after aborting babies.  Critics of the sterilization program pointed out that the work was done in December and January last year, after the deer had likely bred and the does were already impregnated...

Syracuse, Deer task force did its job; now act on its humane recommendationsNovember 1, 2015 New York, Syracuse Post-Standard 
... a number of things in the media which have contributed to misinformation ...  misinformation involves a figure of $5,000 per doe for surgical sterilization. That amount is way out of line of any actual cost estimates ... Onondaga County Legislature Chairman Ryan McMahon would still have a push poll up on his website, containing not only the $5,000 per doe figure (which he was informed weeks ago was incorrect) but also a bias for lethal and against sterilization so obvious that it should be seen as a way to influence public opinion, not as a genuine survey for input from county residents...

Clifton, Deer sterilization effort in Cincy parks gets boost September 28, 2015 Ohio, Cincinnati 
... The grant from the Humane Society of the United States will allow CliftonDeer.org to pursue its nonlethal deer population control program in Mount Storm Park, Rawson Woods and Edgewood Grove parks...

Bethlehem gets deer control advice August 4, 2015 New York, Times Union 
... At Cornell ... they have been successful in controlling deer through sterilization and controlled hunting. Along the way there were some unexpected results, including the increase in bucks, which [Paul Curtis, an associate professor] said is part of the learning process...

Montgomery County looks at bowhunting to cull deer July 29, 2015 Maryland, Washington Post
... Since the county’s deer management program began 19 years ago, hunters have killed nearly 15,000 deer ... .“[Sterilization] tends to be one of the more expensive means of managing deer populations ... But I wouldn’t be surprised if at some point in the future it’s the only option there is to consider.” [Bill Hamilton, principal natural resources specialist with the Montgomery County Parks Department.]

Cayuga Heights, How one NY village has declared war on deer July 26, 2015 New York, Syracuse Post-Standard 
... the village is using professional archers – in combination with ovariectomies -to reduce the deer population... the village spent more than $188,000 ... Those opposed to the village's efforts to sterilize and kill the deer formed their own group and started a web site, cayugadeer.org. They call for "safe, ethical and rational" efforts to reduce the deer such as hiring rangers who would assist residents on a case-by-case basis with non-lethal methods such as repellents and fences...

Cosmetic Surgery in Clifton July 21, 2015 Ohio
... a motivation for the urban deer sterilization program proposed in Clifton is that "Experts recommend a density between 15 – 20 deer per square mile, which can sustain a healthy deer herd and wildlife habitat." [cliftondeer.org].  Expert recommendations for ecologically acceptable suburban deer densities range from 5 to 100 deer per square mile. Examples  The state of Delaware targets 40 deer per square mile in deer habitat, a little higher than the current estimate for Clifton, and a recent U.S. Forest Service study put the optimal deer density at about 15 to 28 per square mile for a forest.  A suburb can support more deer than the typical forest.  While this project may provide answers to questions about the efficacy of deer sterilization in a relatively open environment, wrapping the project up in the flag of ecology is a disservice to legitimate ecological issues related to deer management.  This project is about the social carrying capacity, not the ecologic carrying capacity of the community. This report from the Michigan DNR  [PDF] discusses the difference between ecologic and social carrying capacity starting on page 7.

Nonlethal program to target burgeoning Clifton deer population July 18, 2015 Ohio, WCPO
... White Buffalo Inc., a Connecticut-based nonprofit organization that conducts research programs focused on wildlife, will spearhead a weeklong effort to sterilize at least 40 female deer ...

Resolving Mt. Lebo's deer management July 13, 2015 Pennsylvania, Tribune-Review
 ... Taking deer-killing off the table is the only way to keep our family-oriented parks and backyards peaceful, enjoyable and nonviolent, as they were intended... Use sterilization as the primary management method, supplemented by other approaches (promoting deer-resistant plans, enforcing the speed limit, public education) ...

... Fairfax City, a 6.3-square-mile enclave within Fairfax County ...  Although its deer density (estimated at no more than 16 deer per square mile prior to the initiation of the project) is not nearly as high as other municipalities, citizen concerns about deer prompted the consideration of various lethal and nonlethal deer management alternatives ... 18 female deer, who were then spayed ...
... The procedure, which is reportedly less invasive than spaying of cats and dogs, permanently prevents pregnancy and estrus cycles in does... Feinberg sees fewer fawns and neighbor complaints about browsing significantly dropped. According to Feinberg, does that are not pregnant or lactating require less food. She also says there are very few new deer coming into the area because the sterilized does continue to maintain their home ranges...

Bloomington, Candidates dodge Griffy deer cull; Linnemeier proposes urban deer solution April 15, 2015 Indiana, The Bloomington Alternative
...Linnemeier proposes capturing and sterilizing neighborhood deer, a proposal he said the deer task force says most citizens support.  “From the very beginning it appeared to me that the best solution to the problem would be to dart the female deer with an anesthetic and then sterilize them while they were under,” ...

Villages, San Jose - Afternoon of Deer and Yearlings April 12, 2015 California, Examiner.com, Hasan Rahim
...Deer roam with some freedom in The Villages, a gated 4000-strong senior community in a 1200-acre land at the foothills of East San Jose ... The sterilization effort ... The trend is ominous: If 20-24 deer die every year and zero immigration continues, the deer population will be at about 60 in about 18 months. At this rate, the deer population will simply die out in a few years, a situation as undesirable as it is cruel...

... Based on camera surveys and field observations, we are confident that the team has captured and sterilized more than 90% of the female deer population in the City of Fairfax. 
    Fairfax Deer Sterilization Progress Report, Year 2 Summary Report February 2015, Virginia, White Buffalo
... we were able to train three local veterinarians, several veterinary technicians, and local support volunteers. This should prove even more valuable in Year 3 to facilitate repeating the capture and sterilization process with minimal professional staff.  
     In summary, the use of bait significantly increased our efficiency as it does on nearly all research or nontraditional deer management operations and will be vital to the future success of this research project. 

Fairfax deer sterilization project enters second year January 29, 2015 Virginia, Fairfax Times 
... the deer is shot with a tranquilizer dart and transported to a mobile surgical unit, where a veterinarian removes her ovaries. The surgery only takes about 12 minutes ... The deer receive a long-term pain killer and long-acting antibiotic ... fitted with ear tags and radio tracking collars ... “Killing deer in an area is not an effective wildlife management tool,” [Gina Lynch] added, because the population soon will be replaced through new births and migration from other areas...

Fairfax City’s ‘Deer Spay Project’ kicks off second year January 27, 2015 Virginia, ABC 7 News 
... Organizers say it is not only more humane than killing the animals, it is also more effective.  "It's called the vacuum effect. If you remove all of them, you're just gonna have neighboring guys come into the neighborhood," ...

Mt. Lebanon awaits formal letter nixing extended deer season January 21, 2015 Pennsylvania, Tribune-Review
... Public Works Director Tom Kelley said staff at the regional game commission office told him they had never extended the hunting season for a single municipality, and weren't going to start with Mt. Lebanon... Hunting on public property is one of the state's prerequisites for other deer-control methods such as trapping and surgical sterilization, both of which the municipality has applied to do ...

East Hampton deer sterilization spays 114 January 20, 2015 New York, Shelter Island Reporter 
... Wildlife biologist Anthony DeNicola, of Connecticut-based White Buffalo, a leading nonprofit in deer management, ran the program for 10 days and 114 does were spayed. “That’s about 60 percent of the females in the herd,” Mr. DeNicola said. “We’ll be back in February for another 20 percent.” ... The cost is about $1,000 per deer if done by professionals, or about $500 when done by trained volunteers ...

Town & Country Neighbors to Hold Candlelight Vigil for Dead Deer January 8, 2015 Missouri, Riverfront Times Blogs
...  neighbors and animal lovers alike are banding together to commemorate the fallen: the 100 deer that sharpshooters will cull this year to keep the population under control... "If that first year they had done sterilizations, they wouldn't have quit
e the problem they've got right now," says Al Gerber, who also used to be a town alderman ...

East Hampton Village To Begin Deer Sterilization Program January 1, 2015 New York, CBS New York 
... Last year, both the town and village of East Hampton and other municipalities opted out of a plan that called for trained sharpshooters to kill deer across eastern Long Island ... within a 10 to 20 minute surgery, veterinarians will remove their ovaries [ovariectomy] and they’ll be put back out into the local population.” ...