Loch Raven area becomes test site for deer spaying experiment February 14, 2011 Maryland Urban

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Loch Raven area becomes test site for deer spaying experiment February 14, 2011 Maryland Program testing non-lethal way to curb suburban deer spread financed by environmentalist's estate. (video)

Over seven days earlier this month, a small team of professionals and volunteers tranquilized, captured and removed the ovaries of does to ensure they can no longer add to a growing population that has upset the watershed ecosystem.

Volunteers with the nonprofit Wildlife Rescue Inc. will track 15 members of the tiny herd outfitted with radio collars to see how the animals respond and if they can detect a change in deer mortality or density.

"This is not about stopping hunting," says Enid Feinberg, who helped arrange the experiment. "There are places where hunting is not appropriate but controlling the deer population is needed. We have to be looking for something else."


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