Sterilization 2016

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      ​In November, City Council approved the City of Ann Arbor's 2017 deer management program, which has three primary components:  Sterilization (non-lethal) Plan — pneumatically darting deer in two areas, temporarily removing and surgically sterilizing deer and returning deer to area where they were found.  Lethal Plan — sharpshooting and lethally removing up to 100 deer on public lands and a small number of large city-selected private parcels with appropriate consent.  Educational Program and Public Rights-of-Way Improvements ...

Staten Island deer vasectomies continuing through March January 3, 2017 New York, SILive.com
... So far 540 bucks have gotten vasectomies through the city's plan to cut down Staten Island's white-tailed herd. That's already more than the 527 male and female deer the city counted during the most recent arial survey of the herd last year ... For the plan to work, at least 90 percent of male deer on Staten Island have to get vasectomies...

Group seeks sterilization program to control Lakeway's deer population December 20, 2016 Texas, Austin American-Statesman
... the Citizen Advocates for Animals ...  ultimate goal is the creation of a nonlethal deer population control program, receiving approval and funding for a sterilization program of female deer as an alternative to the TTP  [Trap, Transport and Process]  program remains a lofty goal...

Fairfax, Deer Sterilization Monday and Tuesday in Fairfax December 2, 2016 Virginia, Patch.com
... once does are found, they're actually taken to police headquarters, where they're sterilized, tagged, observed and then released...

Staten Island, Big bucks no object for de Blasio's $3.3M deer vasectomy plan November 26, 2016 New York, Staten Island Advance
... For the plan to work, at least 90 percent of male deer on Staten Island have to get vasectomies.  Experts say about 40 percent of any deer population is male. So with 468 vasectomies already performed, that puts at least 700 in the herd... The city is paying White Buffalo $2 million this fiscal year for the effort...
      Deer with city vasectomy found dead in Mount Loretto forest November 18, 2016 New York, SILive.com
... The same buck was seen stumbling around the forest that morning...  Deer number 360 was one of 13 male and female deer that have died after being tagged through the vasectomy program, and nearly all were hit by cars... 

Ann Arbor, Deer cull plan in place for Ann Arbor November 15, 2016 Michigan, WXYZ
... The cull will cost the city about $55,000 to shoot 100 deer and another $77,000 to capture and sterilize 60 deer...

Saddle River residents vote in favor of deer questions November 8, 2016 New Jersey, NorthJersey.com
... local veterinarian Dr. Dean Cerf, who has proposed that he perform vasectomies on deer. Cerf has offered to put up his own money in order to perform these operations ... 

Belvedere, Marin Co. community considers sterilization of deer October 26, 2016 California, KTVU San Francisco
... "Surgery isn't pretty and there's no way to pretty it up," said Craig Stowers, an environmental scientist with California Fish and Wildlife... Deer fences can be effective, but panelists said they should be at least eight feet high and Belvedere city code limits fences to six feet...

Ann Arbor, Ecologist describes plan to surgically remove ovaries from Ann Arbor deer October 25, 2016 Michigan, MLive.com
... "We have pretty extensive data to date from eight different field research projects," he said [president of White Buffalo Inc] , suggesting Ann Arbor could see a 10-20 percent annual reduction in deer population through attrition in neighborhoods where sterilization is done...
... the city hopes to sterilize between 40 and 60 deer if practical and cost effective, the memo indicates. Sharpshooters hired by the city killed 63 deer in 14 city parks and nature areas during the city's first annual cull in January and February... track the status and development of the plan at www.a2gov.org/deermanagement.

A Staten Island deer vasectomy up close September 28, 2016 New York, SILive.com
... About 200 bait sites are scattered around Staten Island, though only 50 to 60 are active on a given day... The vet then made a one-and-a-half inch incision to access the deer's vas deferens ... "Some people think we're doing a castration," DiSalvo said. "But the bucks are keeping their testicles." ...

City contractor White Buffalo performs a vasectomy on a male deer at Blue Heron Park Nature Center on Sept. 27, 2016.

Staten Island, 70 deer vasectomies on Staten Island so far September 15, 2016 New York, SILive.com
... Anthony DeNicola and his team at White Buffalo have ear-tagged 75 total deer so far, including five females. Those doe and five of the sterilized bucks were also given radio collars... Only 527 deer were found on Staten Island during the city's latest aerial survey of the herd... less than the last count ...

Suburban White‐Tailed Deer Populations September 25, 2016 Michigan, Dr. Anthony J. DeNicola
... Fertility control technology has been shown to be effective for use on white‐tailed deer and several other mammalian species. The general public has expressed considerable interest in this approach to managing deer, and it has promise for use on localized deer populations (Rutberg et al., 2013). The ultimate goal for this management approach is short‐ and/or long‐term population management to minimize human‐deer interactions or disease outbreaks in areas with
high deer populations where hunting is limited, controlled, or prohibited and where other management tools are difficult or impossible to implement...

Comparison of treatment effort for immunocontraceptive vaccines and surgical sterilization in deer CS Evans, AJ DeNicola, RJ Warren - Wildlife Society Bulletin, 2016
... Surgical sterilization added an average of 153% to person-hours required for the capture process; however, considering lower efficacy and retreatment requirements of vaccines, sterilization may be more efficient for long-term control of deer in urban–suburban communities. Deer behavior varied across our 6 study sites and affected effort—more approachable deer required less effort to capture and treat with fertility control. Therefore, future research should include modelling deer behavior, effort, and efficacy over the long term to identify which situations are best suited for application of vaccine versus sterilization treatments in areas where lethal management of deer is impractical...

Buckle up! Staten Island deer vasectomies begin Labor Day September 2, 2016 New York, SILive.com
... Anthony DeNicola of White Buffalo will begin sterilizing hundreds of male deer on Monday night in time for the whitetail rut this fall ... $2 million this year as part of the three-year plan ... The work will be done under the cover of darkness....

Staten Island, Deer vasectomy plan for Staten Island gets state OK August 16, 2016 New York, SILive.com
... Fertility control is only permitted by the state as part of a research study, which is what the city proposed. The Parks Department plans to sterilize hundreds of male deer over the next three years. Anthony DeNicola of White Buffalo is expected to start performing the vasectomies in September, in time for this fall's rutting season...

East Hampton, Deer Sterilization In East Hampton Village Is Stalled August 2, 2016 New York, 27east.com
... “We’re currently in discussion with White Buffalo and other groups to explore other deer management programs in continuation with the sterilization plan,” Ms. Molinaro said. “The Village Board has been approached by other groups to pursue other programs like immunocontraception, but the board hasn’t decided yet.” ...

Lakeway nonprofit taking on deer management program June 30, 2016 Texas, KXAN.com
... the nonprofit Citizen Advocates for Animals (CAFA). They want to see the city implement a sterilization program that utilizes ovariectomy – the removal of a doe’s ovaries... The process takes about 20 minutes, and the deer receive pain management during surgery and post-surgery. Their first goal: raising $12,000 to bring in two wildlife biologists to count how many deer live in Lakeway...

... After hashing out alternatives, the city hired DeNicola to bring the population down. His solution: birth control. More specifically, vasectomies. DeNicola says it's surprisingly easy and can be done much faster than sterilizing females...

Are Belvedere deer woes worth the public cost? June 22, 2016 California, Marin Independent Journal
... The City Council is being cautious about their proposal to hire a company to catch and sterilize the deer and thereby reduce the herd’s numbers.  The plan has drawn objections from Marin’s two leading animal organizations — the Marin Humane Society and WildCare. Both say that instead of a costly sterilization program, Belvedere residents should protect their landscaping with fencing...

Staten Island, Deer killer's new approach for Staten Island bucks June 17, 2016 New York, SILive.com
...  Sterilizing males instead of females is meant to be faster, cheaper and more humane... "It's easy to say, 'Just kill them,'" [DeNicola] said. Hunting is illegal in New York City. More than 50 tons of tainted meat would have to be disposed if the deer were caught and euthanized. Any traps might be vandalized by animal rights activists ...

Lakeway, Nonprofit pays for deer census June 16, 2016 Texas, Austin American-Statesman
...  Citizen Advocates for Animals received approval from Lakeway city staff to have a deer survey performed within the city, provided they pay for the process themselves. The biologist may then propose a nonlethal deer population control method alongside the city’s current trap, transport and process system ... our goal is to raise $75,000 to do the sterilization ...

Staten Island, $2M deer vasectomy plan leaps forward June 7, 2016 New York, SILive.com
... If the city's plan works, all male deer roaming the borough would be sterilized starting with a $2 million effort during this fall's rutting season. Hundreds of bucks would be tranquilized, captured, given vasectomies and released back onto Staten Island parkland over the course of the three-year study... city's chosen contractor, a wildlife conservation nonprofit called White Buffalo Inc...
   Experts slam city's Staten Island deer vasectomy plan May 12, 2016 New York, SILive.com
... The Parks Department plans to sterilize all male deer roaming the borough ... Most of what is known about deer sterilization focuses on controlling female fertility, so what the city is planning has never been attempted at this scale..."It is very consistent with, I think, the most modern thinking of how we deal with animal issues," de Blasio said ...
... Staten Island’s multifaceted approach will include sterilization, education, and the protection of natural resources ... The HSUS has really pushed for this kind of forward thinking ...
... The Parks Department plans to sterilize hundreds of male deer ... The procedure is uncomfortable and time-consuming for female deer while a buck's vasectomy only takes about 15 minutes ... Sterilization was chosen because Staten Island's herd is mostly growing through reproduction, not migration ... decided to only use lethal methods as a last resort because of pushback during public outreach ... The city will also install fences ...

East Hampton, Deer Sterilization Denounced February 25, 2016 New York, East Hampton Star
... White Buffalo sterilized some 114 does in the winter of 2015 ... Last spring, several of the sterilized does died, some while attempting to birth stillborn fawns, others as a consequence of capture or surgery... A better solution, Ms. Petroski suggested, was to “get behind a less invasive contraception program, possibly in coordination with the town.” ...

Mt. Lebanon to use sharpshooters to cull deer January 13, 2016 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
...  commissioners approved the next stage ... by voting, 3-2 ... Humane Society wildlife biologist and senior director Stephanie Boyles-Griffin explained that a Pennsylvania nonprofit group, the Botstiber Foundation, remains interested in funding most of a surgical sterilization program. The Game Commission would have to approve the program ...



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