03 Sep '11, 2pm
Birth Control for Deer? - Care2.com
A contraceptive vaccine for deer, which lasts for five years, has been developed by researchers in the United States. One of the researchers says it isn’t a comprehensive solution to the problem of growing deer populations, “This alone can’t bring a population down in a reasonable amount of time; it can manage the population that’s there.” (Source: BBC ) Only Maryland and New Jersey have licensed the vaccine so far. The contraceptive vaccine might also work on squirrels, wild horses, and animals like stray cats and dogs. One of the main ways large deer populations are controlled is through annual hunts. New Jersey has increased the duration of its deer hunts, and bag limits. They have also tried chemical fertility control, but it is labor-intensive and not practica l for very large free-roaming populations. A study in New Jersey found $13 million in damages were caused by ...