IN THE NEWS
MONKEYS TERRORISE VILLAGE, RESIDENTS MULL BIRTH CONTROL PILLS
The monkey population in the Lari constituency of Kenya has been eating crops, destroying farms, and even harassing the women. The Star reported that Kenya Wildlife Services attempted to trap and remove the monkeys, with no success. The women plan to feed birth control pills to the monkeys as a last resort.
RESEARCHERS WORK TO REDUCE PIGEON POPULATION
To quell the financial burden of cleaning up pigeon feces and to reduce the spread of diseases, Texas Tech began a project two years ago to reduce the pigeon population using OvoControl. The Daily Toreador reported there has been a 10% reduction in pigeons, but the goal is to reduce the population by 50-60%.
KARNATAKA ZOOS TO HOST PROJECT ON ANIMAL POPULATION MANAGEMENT
TheHindu.com reports the Karnataka zoos plan to host a project on animal population management of species involved in man-animal conflict in the country.
THE DONKEY REFUGE WHERE BURROS BECOME COYOTE-KICKING LIVESTOCK GUARDIANS
This article about a California donkey sanctuary offers a good summary of the history of burros in the U.S., their plight now, and their guarding skills.
OH DEER: HASTINGS ON HUDSON PROGRAM USES CONTRACEPTION TO REDUCE FAWN RATE
The “Rockland/Westchester Journal News” reports on the progress of the Hasting-on-Hudson program to reduce the white tail deer population using fertility control.
NOVEL STUDY SHOWS PROMISE FOR MANAGING WILD HORSE POPULATIONS
Colorado State University researchers studied the vaccine GonaCon as a humane solution for the overpopulation of free-roaming horses.
LOOKING FOR THE MAGIC FIX TO CONTROL ELK
Controlling elk populations and limiting risk of human-wildlife conflicts “isn’t a matter of if it’s needed, it’s how it should be implemented.” The Daily Astorian reports on the debate between culling and the use of contraceptives.
MANAGING MONKEYS IN THAILAND
Public hearings in May of 2018 called for the sterilization of the Phuket’s monkey population in Thailand. The Thaiger reported that 216 monkeys have been captured, and 42 monkeys have been sterilized and released.
PERMIT TO GIVE DEER BIRTH CONTROL WITHHELD UNTIL CONSULTATION WITH FIRST NATIONS
The Victoria News in British Columbia reported that a pilot project to give birth control to deer in Oak Bay is on hold while the mayor consults with local First Nations. In the innovative research-based project deer will be vaccinated with immuno-contraception in order to cut the birth rate.
DROUGHTS CALL FOR INTERVENTION FOR FREE-ROAMING HORSES
Severe droughts in the American West have caused volunteers to take action to help the free-roaming horses. The Tampa Bay Times reported that while the government rounds up and adopts out free-roaming horses, critics implore the use of fertility control to manage the populations.
ContraPest® INTRODUCED IN THE STATE OF HAWAI’I
Markets Insider reported that a year-long trial assessing the effectiveness of ContraPest was presented at the 25th annual Hawai’i Conservation Conference. With this data, SenesTech, Inc. plans to “pursue full outdoor use label requirements for ContraPest.”
MANAGING THE LIONS AND ELEPHANTS IN SOUTHERN AFRICAN COUNTRIES
While elephants and lions are considered endangered in much of Africa, The Globe and Mail Inc. explained that their populations in southern countries have greatly increased to the point of ravaging the ecosystem. Reserves, such as Madikwe in South Africa, are now considering fertility control plans to manage the growing populations.
BLM TO REDUCE BOOK CLIFFS HORSE HERD
Western Colorado’s Grand Junction Daily Sentinel recently reported that the Bureau of Land Management plans to reduce the Little Book Cliffs wild horse population by nearly a third to address grazing pressures on the animals’ range. Their plan includes removal as well as temporary fertility control methods.
VILLAGE SHARES DATA ON DEER CONTROL EFFORT
The Rivertowns Enterprise newspaper covered the presentation of Hastings on the Hudson’s Mayor Peter Swiderski atBIWFC’s Urban Deer Fertility Control Workshop in Tarrytown, NY.
STATE ALLOWS ACTIVIST GROUP TO HELP MANAGE SALT RIVER WILD HORSES
The non-profit Salt River Wild Horse Management Group has entered a contract with the state to participate in managing the Salt River wild horses in the Tonto National Forest.
BLM PLAN TO ROUND UP OF 6,000 WILD HORSES FROM PUBLIC LANDS ASSAILED
The American Wild Horse Campaign (AWHC), criticized the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) for its plans to round up and remove 6,000 wild horses from public lands this summer and fall.
HERE’S WHY MONKEY MENACE IS NEEDLING DELHI
India approved a 10-year immunocontraceptive research project. In April 2018, India Today reported on the setbacks the Wildlife Institute of India has been encountering, including receiving PZP shipments from the United States.
SENESTECH MAPS OUT REGULATORY PATH WITH EPA FOR CONTRAPEST® ENHANCEMENTS
SenesTech, Inc. (NASDAQ: SNES), a developer of proprietary technologies for managing animal pest populations through fertility control, announced it completed meetings with the EPA to address planned label improvements and product enhancements to ContraPest®
STATEN ISLAND FAWNING OVER REDUCED DEER POPULATION THANKS TO VASECTOMIES
After two years of the management plan to vasectomize Staten Island’s bucks, there has been an 8% reduction in the deer population. The New York Daily News reported that, with 85% of the bucks treated, “it’s reasonable to expect further, faster population drops.”
PAULA GILLIKIN KEEPS WATCH OVER WILD HORSES
Paula Gillikin discusses in Coastal Review Online not only the use of immunocontraceptions on the horse herds of the Rachel Carson Reserve, North Carolina, but the overall efforts to keep the ecosystem humanely preserved.
OVOCONTROL APPROVAL IN CANADA
OvoControl, implemented in the Plaza Murillo of La Paz, Bolivia to manage the pigeon populations, has shown to be successful in controlling fecundity of birds. A March 2018 ERBOL news article explains the goal of this project is too reduce the risk of zoonotic diseases.
A DAY ON THE RANGE: POPULATION CONTROL FOR PRYOR MOUNTAIN WILD MUSTANGS
A March 28, 2018 Lovell Chronicle article titled “A Day on the Range: Population Control for the Pryor Mountain Wild Mustang,” explained how the National Park Service Natural Resource Program of Big Horn Canyon and the Bureau of Land Management Range partner to use contraceptives as proactive management for population growth in the Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range.
BIRTH CONTROL FOR PROBLEM ANIMALS: WHICH DRUG, HOW TO ADMINISTER IT
Rs 10 crore have been allocated to develop what will essentially be birth control for India’s “problem” wild animals.
PILOT PROJECT IN WASHINGTON, DC PUTS MALL RATS ON BIRTH CONTROL
E&E News announced in a November 2017 article “Experiment puts Mall rats on birth control” that a pilot project using ContraPest was set to begin at the National Mall in Washington.