September 27 – October 1, 2020

“Fertility Control to Mitigate                     Human-Wildlife Conflicts”

SEPTEMBER 30, 2020 at 3:20 PM

The BIWFC will sponsor a symposium titled “Fertility Control to Mitigate Human-Wildlife Conflicts” on September 30 at 3:20 PM during The Wildlife Society (TWS) 27th Annual Virtual Conference from September 27 – October 1.

As human populations increase and urbanization expands, conflicts between humans and wildlife are growing exponentially. Traditional methods to resolve such conflicts generally focus on lethal management including shooting, trapping and toxicants.  Although integrated management practices offer the best chances of success, there are situations when the tools available are limited. In some situations lethal methods may be logistically unfeasible, illegal, socially and/or politically unacceptable, or ineffective. In the late 20th century, researchers began exploring the possibility of mitigating conflicts by using fertility control to manage wildlife populations.

Over the years, an array of methods have been developed and field tested for both wildlife and free-roaming feral populations of animals. Significant progress has been made in the development of both agents and delivery systems, as well as in modelling the impact of fertility control, alone or in conjunction with more traditional methods, to manage these populations. Some challenges remain, mainly related to feasibility, costs and sustainability that must be overcome to meet the demand by the public and wildlife managers for effective, alternative methods that can be incorporated into successful management practices.

This symposium will feature a series of research and case studies on the use of fertility control methods to manage overabundant wildlife/free-roaming populations in a wide spectrum of contexts and species. The symposium will also highlight advantages and limitations of using fertility control to manage animal populations, and provide information on current research towards new tools for fertility control.

The symposium speakers include (click each title to see each abstract):

Deer population demographic impacts of intensive surgical sterilization treatments 
Anthony J. DeNicola of White Buffalo, Inc.

Use of fertility control to manage urban prairie dog populations 
Dan Salkeld, Colorado State University

The current status and future of fertility control technologies to manage peri-urban kangaroo populations in eastern Australia
Lyn A. Hinds, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization

BLM Wild Horse and Burro Fertility Management; Application and Research 
Paul Griffin, Bureau of Land Management

Current and Future Research Towards New Methods of Fertility Control for Wildlife
Douglas Eckery, USDA Animal Plant Health Inspection Service

For more information about TWS 27th Annual Conference in Louisville, click here.