Attempted Control Methods
Attempts to manage deer through repellants,
fencing, relocation and birth control have proven unsuccessful. Deer adapt
to repellents, and find ways around/through fences. Relocation causes
80% death rate due to shock and birth control attempts have been unsuccessful.
methods to reduce deer numbers or slow population growth in suburban
and urban areas are being sought. Chemical and immunosterilants
probably will become available in the next 3-5 years, but the problem
of inoculating large numbers of deer remains. Silastic implants and
intramuscular injections are neither economical nor efficient.
Containing treated deer can still remain to be the insurmountable problem.
Attempts to gain FDA approval on sterilants, which apply to free
ranging animals, may yet be in the far distance future.