Maryland becomes 1st state to approve deer contraceptives ... May 20, 2011





 
"This is the only immuno-contraceptive for deer that has federal approval," said Paul Peditto, director of the Wildlife and Heritage Service.

..."It will cost up to $1,000 to apply it to a deer," Peditto said. The deer must first be shot via dart gun to tranquilize it before Gonacon can be injected. EPA requires that the deer be tagged so that it can be identified as having been treated. Another tag will state that the meat of the animal should not be consumed by humans. "It works on 80 percent of the deer that are injected," Peditto said. "The following year, however, half of those injected


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