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Senate passes bill to regulate deer sterilization chemical

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  • Pat Scala
    Senate passes bill to regulate deer sterilization chemical Wednesday, April 4, 2007,
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      Senate passes bill to regulate deer sterilization chemical

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      Wednesday, April 4, 2007, 4:28 PM

      By Darwin
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      6A638050D54> Danielson

      A bill that would regulate a chemical used to sterilize deer and other
      animals passed the Iowa Senate today. The the bill would limit the use of
      the drug to the Department of Natural Resources and animal control officers
      Senator David Johnson, a Republican from Ocheyedan, criticized the bill,
      saying the drug isn't even on the market yet.

      Johnson says, "Isn't this a case of putting the cart before Bambi? If the
      FDA hasn't approved this yet, the best contraceptives for deer are a sharp
      arrow or a slug down the barrel." Senator Joe Seng, a Democrat from
      Davenport who is also a veterinarian, said the drug will be a useful tool.

      Seng says: "If this drug comes on the market, they could control the cat
      population by using on cats. If you can't catch them, you can dart them and
      then they wouldn't be reproducing and messing up your gardens." The Iowa
      Senate approved the bill 41-8 going along with the House which already
      approved the bill, and it now goes to the governor.





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