MEETING WEDNESDAY AT GREENBURGH TOWN HALL AT 2 PM TO 3 PM TO DISCUSS ANOTHER OPTION TO REDUCE DEER POPULATION: IMMUNOCONTRACEPTION IN DEER
You are invited to attend a meeting on January 20, 2010 at 2 pm at Greenburgh Town Hall to present and discuss the use of immunocontraception in deer. The meeting is coordinated by the national animal protection organization, In Defense of Animals. The featured presenter is Dr. Allen Rutberg of Tufts University. Dr. Rutberg is one of the leading authorities on the use of immunocontraception in deer and has applied it successfully in several communities. I spoke with Mayor Peter Swiderski of Hastings. The village is considering a number of options including the culling of deer. They are interested in learning more about this option and will be sending a representative to the meeting.
The purpose of the meeting is to present a thorough and realistic assessment of the application of immunocontraception to control suburban deer populations. As you know, loss of habitat due to development throughout Westchester County has led to increasing numbers of deer in our neighborhoods. Due to the high density of human populations in Westchester County some people have expressed concern about the safety of hunting in residential areas.. Many objections continue to surround deer contraception, including that it is cost prohibitive, difficult to use, and not effective in unenclosed areas. Dr. Rutberg will address these issues with backing from scientific studies.
The meeting will be limited to one hour. Please come ready with any questions. If you have any data regarding documented numbers of deer in your municipality, please have those handy, as any practical implementation of deer contraception, including determining costs, will depend on how many deer need to be treated.
What: Meeting on non-lethal deer control
When: January 20, 2010; 2 pm
Where: Town of Greenburgh office, 177 Hillside Ave. The meeting is being organized by Barbara Stagno,
New York Campaign Coordinator
In Defense of Animals
Greenburgh Town Supervisor