Nearly a dozen professionals involved in urban deer population management offered presentations at the May 2nd Urban Deer Fertility Control Workshop hosted by the Botstiber Institute for Wildlife Fertility Control (BIWFC). Held at the beautiful Tarrytown House Estate in Tarrytown, NY, this first of its kind workshop dedicated solely to the issue of urban deer fertility control planning, research and regulations drew more than 55 attendees from across the United States.
“This workshop was designed to provide wildlife managers, community leaders and residents with the information needed to develop and implement effective, non-lethal and sustainable urban deer management plans and programs in their own communities,” explained Stephanie Boyles Griffin, Science and Policy Director at the Botstiber Institute for Wildlife Fertility Control.
Throughout the day attendees received the latest information on practical applications and research projects from professionals, researchers and local leaders. They also engaged in an ongoing dialogue about deer fertility control policies and regulations, project evaluation, development and implementation.
The workshop opened with a session on Urban Deer Management Planning followed by sessions on Current Trends in Urban Deer Fertility Control Management and Research, Product Development, and Case Studies in Urban Deer Fertility Control. The one-day event concluded with a session on Tools and Methods, an explanation of the equipment, supplies, personnel, logistics and standard operating procedures commonly utilized when conducting urban deer fertility control projects.
Laurie Briggs and Robert Rack, Co-founders and Directors of CliftonDeer.org
Dr. Anthony DeNicola, President of White Buffalo, Inc.
Mark A. Fraker, SpayVac-for-Wildlife, Inc.
John Griffin, Director, Urban Wildlife Programs, The Humane Society of the United States
Dr. Harm HogenEsch, Associate Dean for Research, Professor of Immunopathology, Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine
Dr. Daniel Lemons, Trustee, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY
Dr. Jeffrey Newman, DVM, Caring Hands Animal Hospital in Alexandria, Virginia
Kali Pereira, Senior Wildlife Field Manager, The Humane Society of the United States
Dr. Allen Rutberg, Director, Center for Animals and Public Policy, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University
Peter Swiderski, Mayor, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY.
Each presentation was allotted a Q & A session which often led to further discussion, allowing participants to benefit from the experiences of fellow attendees as well as the speakers. As the workshop concluded many presenters and attendees expressed their appreciation for this first time event.
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