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  • Pat Scala
    ,,, More deer killing should not need to occur when a nonlethal wildlife management solution, such as the long-awaited immunocontraception trial on Giralda
    Message 1 of 1 , Aug 1 4:14 PM
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      More deer killing should not need to occur when a nonlethal wildlife
      management solution, such as the long-awaited immunocontraception trial on
      Giralda Farms, is being conducted. There is growing support for federal
      funding and necessary FDA approval. Enlightenment, patience and fortitude
      surround legislative efforts, recognizing the need for unbiased wildlife
      management. Evolving technology cannot exclude numerous possibilities for
      also managing different-size deer herds, where and when necessary depending
      upon which "experts" are consulted.

      The deer contraception over time is the only method that will work to
      stabilize the deer population, because fewer deer in an environment can
      become healthier and well-nourished, but not able to proliferate. There is
      much documented on how hunting/culling causes accelerated proliferation via
      multiple estrous and multiple births.

      The deer contraception, Gona Con or GnRH, developed by the U.S. Department
      of Agriculture Wildlife Science, should be on the open market in 2007. Its
      application was scheduled to go to the Environmental Protection Agency this
      spring/summer. It does not need to go to the Federal Drug Administration
      because it is not considered to be disease control, rather "vertebrate pest
      control" -- thus the EPA approval.

      On the USDA Wildlife Science's Web site, they report that their mission is
      to "resolve wildlife conflicts effectively and humanely, using state-of-the
      art science and technology."

      The effects of contraception will become more and more noticeable in future
      years. When elder deer pass away there are no younger ones to replace them
      and the population drops significantly. Immunocontraception is
      noncontroversial and will not polarize communities.

      ROSE REINA-ROSENBAUM

      Hillsborough

      from the Courier News website www.c-n.com





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