Birth Control Proposed for Deer in New York

HASTINGS-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. (AP) — The mayor of a suburban New York town is proposing a plan to inject deer with birth control to contain their population.

Hastings-on-Hudson Mayor Peter Swiderski tells The New York Times that he plans to submit a formal application within a month to the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

Tufts University’s Center for Animals and Public Policy Director Dr. Allen Rutberg says the vaccine can control the population using the animal’s immune system to prevent fertilization.

Rutberg says the deer need to be tranquilized, tagged and injected once every two years.

The Hudson Valley town is about square miles. Yet the small town is home to 70 to 120 deer, which is a number that is not considered tolerable.

Hastings-on-Hudson is about four miles north of the Bronx.