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Posted December 10, 2018 at 5:43 am by

Susan Wingate writes to share this arti­cle on deer pop­u­la­tion control…

Dear SJ Update,

I’m hop­ing to sub­mit some infor­ma­tion about the deer pop­u­la­tion that has become an issue with a cer­tain sec­tor of our res­i­dents and with the fish and wildlife community.

[Please see] this infor­ma­tion from the web­site:

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  1. The research team at Tufts Uni­ver­si­ty is hav­ing great suc­cess with the PZP con­tra­cep­tive vac­cine. I have been in con­tact with Dr. Allen Rut­berg, Direc­tor of the Cen­ter for Ani­mals and Pub­lic Pol­i­cy at the Cum­mings School of Vet­eri­nary Med­i­cine. He sent me a link about their work, in con­junc­tion with the Humane Soci­ety of the Unit­ed States (HSUS), to con­trol the deer pop­u­la­tion in the Vil­lage of Hast­ings-on-Hud­son, NY Hunt­ing is not an ade­quate man­age­ment tool for con­trol­ling the deer pop­u­la­tion on San Juan Island, and some islanders may be opposed to the prac­tice or not be com­fort­able with hunt­ing in neigh­bor­hoods where the homes are clos­er togeth­er. Expand­ing hunt­ing to take does leaves fawns with­out their moth­er. While they are past the nurs­ing stage in win­ter, they do stay with their mom through the first year. If you are inter­est­ed in read­ing more about deer con­tra­cep­tion, please see the addi­tion­al links below. I’d like to see an effort to incor­po­rate the use of PZP as an added man­age­ment tool and believe that the cost could be off­set by com­mu­ni­ty mem­bers who advo­cate for a humane and sus­tain­able man­age­ment pol­i­cy. Cer­tain­ly, hunt­ing could still hap­pen on pri­vate parcels with landown­er per­mis­sion, but I believe it would be com­ple­ment­ed by imple­ment­ing con­tra­cep­tion to con­trol the pop­u­la­tion. The first link below con­tains infor­ma­tion about Kali Pereira, the young woman work­ing with Dr. Rut­berg and I’d like to fig­ure out a way to get her here to help us with our deer!‑delicate-balance-free-roaming-horses-on-the-island-of-vieques-puerto-rico/

    Comment by Cynthia Brast on December 10, 2018 at 9:37 am

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