More on Deer Contraception
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.
from the Courier News website www.c-n.com
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