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January 22, 2014

First Non-Lethal Deer Management Project Approved in Virginia

The Humane Society of the United States Donates $3,000 to Fairfax City to humanely reduce deer population

The Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries has recently approved a non-lethal surgical sterilization project proposed by the City of Fairfax, Virginia to humanely reduce the population of white-tailed deer.

The Humane Society of the United States is donating $3,000 to support this project, which will be the first of its kind to be conducted in the Commonwealth.

Stephanie Boyles Griffin, senior director of wildlife response, innovations and services for The HSUS said: “We are proud to support Fairfax City and applaud the city’s groundbreaking efforts to develop and implement a humane, effective and sustainable deer management program that everyone can live with, including the deer. If successful, we hope the program will serve as a model for municipalities to replicate not only in Virginia, but throughout the entire country.”

The HSUS is a leader in the field of wildlife fertility control and is currently conducting research on the immunocontraception vaccine, Porcine Zona Pellucida (also PZP or brand name Zonastat-H) in wild horses and white-tailed deer in Colorado, Maryland, New York and Utah. Rather than inoculating female deer with immunocontraception vaccines, Fairfax City will be working with a contractor to humanely tranquilize and surgically sterilize does via a minimally invasive surgical procedure to remove the ovaries. This method, known as ovariectomies, has been conducted in Baltimore County, Maryland; San Jose, California; Town and Country, Missouri; and Cayuga Heights, New York.

The HSUS hopes that other stakeholders and interested parties will follow the organization’s lead and provide financial backing for the Fairfax City deer management project. For more information on how you can help, please contact Enid Feinberg with Wildlife Rescue, Inc. at wildliferescuemd@aol.com or 410-593-9944.


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