Residents Consider Using Birth Control For Deer

Officials on Bald Head Island are now working with university researchers to see if they can use contraceptives to limit the deer population there.

Village officials had been using a controlled hunt to cull the herd. That program reduced the number of deer from 500 to about 120 in five years.

The village has now decided to work with the University of North Carolina at Wilmington to test the contraceptive method, now that the herd is a manageable size.

Researchers tell the Wilmington Star-News they have started fitting deer with radio collars to see if the deer are staying on the island or migrating across the shoals to southern New Hanover County.

The research will cost the village more than $60,000 over two years.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Cactus Location: Strabane, NC on Feb 25, 2008 at 04:01 PM
    Please tell me what the deer are doing to be culled or being sterlized (wildlife contraceptives). Seems to me the main word here is "residents". How about reducing the "residents". It has always amazed me how much people love wildlife until wildlife eats one of the residents roses or some other green stuff. "Residents" need to remember they are the invader.
  • by TONY Location: PLYMOUTH on Feb 25, 2008 at 08:58 AM
    This makes alot of sense here they have a opertunitie to add revenue by offering a limited hunt to archery hunters and they are going to spend 60k on research that has been proven in other locations not to work very well.

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