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Fairfax City deer spaying update: 18 does sterilized, more next year
Posted by: Oh Deer Pt 3 ()
Date: February 18, 2014 08:07AM

Fairfax City deer spaying update: 18 does sterilized, more next year
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/local/wp/2014/02/17/fairfax-city-deer-spaying-update-18-does-sterilized-more-next-year/

The initial phase of Virginia’s first experiment with sterilizing deer, rather than killing them, has ended in Fairfax City. Anthony DeNicola of White Buffalo Inc., who oversaw the program and captured the deer, said 18 were spayed in six nights earlier this month. The plan is for DeNicola and his team of volunteers to return annually to spay the does and monitor the population size, in hopes that it gradually decreases by “natural” causes — hit by cars, killed by hunters, disease, old age — and avoids the need for lethal force in a densely populated city which measures only six square miles.

DeNicola said he had not yet devised a new estimate of the deer population of Fairfax City, which he previously placed at 50 to 75, pending further checks of cameras he placed in the woods and other data gathered. The program costs about $1,000 per sterilization, which is being paid for the first two years by Wildlife Rescue of Maryland. Fairfax City police did assign three officers per night to work overtime, both to assist DeNicola and ensure that no citizens were in harm’s way. Police Chief Rick Rappoport said the cost to taxpayers for the overtime was about $7,850.

The program involves shooting the deer with tranquilizer darts, each equipped with a tracking device. DeNicola and a volunteer or two hauled the deer back to Fairfax City police headquarters, where a surgical center was set up in the sallyport and two veterinarians performed an ovariectomy. The deer was tagged with a number and a neck collar. DeNicola and the volunteer then hauled the deer back where they found her, injected her with a drug to reverse the effects of some of the tranquilizers, and released her. From darting to release took about 90 minutes per deer. I followed along one night, here’s my account of that.

The program was approved by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries as a research project, and is the first such project in Virginia. Neighboring areas such as Fairfax County, the District and Montgomery County have elected to hire sharpshooters, kill the deer and donate the meat to needy causes. Spaying is a somewhat more controversial approach, as you can see from the posted comments to any of my previous stories, but it is being tried by White Buffalo in small communities in New York, California, Missouri and Maryland. Early results there seem to show a 10 to 15 percent population drop per year, with limited migration of new deer from outside the targeted area. Fredericksburg Free-Lance Star outdoors columnist Ken Perrotte expressed great skepticism, and said “a sterilization option is a potential game-changer” for those pondering deer control.

Fairfax City Mayor Scott Silverthorne said Friday, ”The program is off to a strong start with 18 deer captured, tagged and sterilized in the first year. Over the next several years, we will have concrete data that will help us determine this program’s success.”

Some readers asked whether the sterilization involved aborting any deer fetuses. DeNicola said no, that the uterus is not removed during the operation.

Feinberg of Wildlife Rescue said, “What I find most interesting is that in Anthony DeNicola’s expert opinion, Fairfax City did not, and he has confirmed does not,have a deer overpopulation problem. But here was a city council who was just one vote away from allowing hunting in their parks to deal with their ‘deer overpopulation,’ which does not exist. So it begs the question, are the deer really the problem, or is it the often false and inflamed hysteria about the deer the real problem?”

Anthony DeNicola returns Deer 10 to Van Dyck Park early this month, after it has been sterilized and tagged at the Fairfax City police headquarters as part of a research program into spaying, rather than killing, deer as a population control measure. (Tom Jackman/The Washington Post)
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Re: Fairfax City deer spaying update: 18 does sterilized, more next year
Posted by: FdMMN ()
Date: February 18, 2014 08:14AM

Wait -- was that a photo of a doe??? Really? This experiment won't be a real "game changer" until they neuter the males. Spaying a female only prevents that one animal from procreating. If you "fix" a male, you've stopped a lot of new ones from coming along. What is the explanation for this choice? WaPo -- follow-up on this.

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Re: Fairfax City deer spaying update: 18 does sterilized, more next year
Posted by: vnVCn ()
Date: February 18, 2014 08:17AM

So 9 grand spent and nothing to show for your efforts. Or, 10 dollars spent on bullets and hundreds of pounds of free range organic deer meat donated to the poor. Good choice. Liberals are always thinking of the less fortunate.

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Re: Fairfax City deer spaying update: 18 does sterilized, more next year
Posted by: jwallace ()
Date: February 18, 2014 08:23AM

After moving back to St. Louis from Montgomery CO MD I was an elected official from 2008 to 2010 in Town and Country, Missouri…11 square miles of 1 acre-plus lots and homes to rich people in St. Louis’ version of Snoburbia. We were one of the first places that DeNicola did sterilizations. It was about $1,000 a deer the first year and $1,200 the second. The first year it was combined shooting by DeNicola’s company White Buffalo and sterilization. The next year the sterilization was by donations. The third and fourth years there have been no sterilizations at all, just lethal deer management.

The unsterilized deer are producing twins and triplets as their stress level is lower without wildlife predators…their only predators have been BMWs and Volvos.

Deer that had overectomies still got hit by cars which wasted the $1,200 spent on the medical procedure. Sterilized deer still carry deer ticks and Lymes Disease,
They still damage property and overgraze areas so smaller mammals and birds lose protective vegetation and are killed in greater numbers by predators such as foxes and hawks.

If you kill a doe for $400 (deer is sent to a butcher and meat goes to a food pantry with city picking up the bill) that deer will not reproduce and you have saved $800, lessened the spread of deer ticks and reduced deer-vehicle collisions.

We found by killing 100 or more deer a year you reach the same results as Montgomery County has. The deer population grows at a slower pace and you don’t reduce them but keep deer-vehicle accidents from increasing in large numbers annually. After four years of deer management in some parts of town they are averaging 30 deer per square mile but in others the census shows in excess of 45 deer per square mile, that include a number of DeNicola sterilized does.

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Re: Fairfax City deer spaying update: 18 does sterilized, more next year
Posted by: idiotic ()
Date: February 18, 2014 02:16PM

Stupid. They found 18 does.......and probably missed over a 1,000. IDIOTS...

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Re: Fairfax City deer spaying update: 18 does sterilized, more next year
Posted by: kLwx6 ()
Date: February 18, 2014 03:45PM

idiotic Wrote:
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> Stupid. They found 18 does.......and probably
> missed over a 1,000. IDIOTS...

Wasn't this supposed to be supported by independent funds? Then HOW COME I SEE FAIRFAX COUNTY OFFICERS DOING THE WORK?

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Re: Fairfax City deer spaying update: 18 does sterilized, more next year
Posted by: Robin Hood & Little John ()
Date: February 19, 2014 07:33AM

If they can get close enough to tranquilize the deer, let the archers harvest them, save the $1,000 and I would spend my food stamps for a good cut of venison.

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Re: Fairfax City deer spaying update: 18 does sterilized, more next year
Posted by: mEbCj ()
Date: February 20, 2014 07:27AM

Why not harvest the deer and feed the many hungry residents in the region?

Hunger & Poverty Statistics
http://feedingamerica.org/hunger-in-america/hunger-facts/hunger-and-poverty-statistics.aspx

Although related, food insecurity and poverty are not the same. Unemployment rather than poverty is a stronger predictor of food insecurity.

Poverty

In 2012, 46.5 million people (15.0 percent) were in poverty.

•In 2012, 26.5 million (13.7 percent) of people ages 18-64 were in poverty.
•In 2012, 16.1 million (21.8 percent) children under the age of 18 were in poverty.
•In 2012, 3.9 million (9.1 percent) seniors 65 and older were in poverty.
•The overall poverty rate according to the Supplemental Poverty Measure is 16.1%, as compared with the official poverty rate of 15.1%. [ii]
•Under the Supplemental Poverty Measure, there are 49.7 million people living in poverty, 3.1 million more than are represented by the official poverty measure (46.5 million). [iii]

Food Insecurity and Very Low Food Security [iv]


•In 2012, 49.0 million Americans lived in food insecure households, 33.1 million adults and 15.9 million children.
•In 2012, 14.5 percent of households (17.6 million households) were food insecure.
•In 2012, 5.7 percent of households (7.0 million households) experienced very low food security.
•In 2012, households with children reported food insecurity at a significantly higher rate than those without children, 20.0 percent compared to 11.9 percent.
•In 2012, households that had higher rates of food insecurity than the national average included households with children (20.0 percent), especially households with children headed by single women (35.4 percent) or single men (23.6 percent), Black non-Hispanic households (24.6 percent) and Hispanic households (23.3 percent).
•In 2011, 4.8 million seniors (over age 60), or 8.4% of all seniors were food insecure. [v]
•Food insecurity exists in every county in America, ranging from a low of 2.4 percent in Slope County, ND to a high of 35.2 percent in Holmes County, MS. [vi]

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Re: Fairfax City deer spaying update: 18 does sterilized, more next year
Posted by: Joe Schuster ()
Date: February 20, 2014 01:50PM

You left out that White Buffalo does not only perform sterilization, but also sharpshooting to control deer pops. Interesting.

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Re: Fairfax City deer spaying update: 18 does sterilized, more next year
Posted by: Barrett ()
Date: February 20, 2014 02:58PM

jwallace Wrote:

>
> The unsterilized deer are producing twins and
> triplets as their stress level is lower without
> wildlife predators…their only predators have
> been BMWs and Volvos.

This is normal in the world of deer. Too bad DiNicola won't admit to this and the Fairfax City Council is too naive to understand.

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Re: Fairfax City deer spaying update: 18 does sterilized, more next year
Posted by: How about Glowing Antlers? ()
Date: February 25, 2014 07:21AM

You could even say it glows!
http://doubtfulnews.com/2014/02/you-could-even-say-it-glows/

WOW. I LOVE THIS IDEA: Reflective reindeer.

Reindeer referred to heijastinsprayn task to prevent traffic accidents | Yle News | yle.fi.

The link is in Finnish but translated, it says that the Reindeer Herders’ Association in Finland sprayed reflective material on their own reindeers’ horns and fur. For this time of year, they are sticking with spraying the horns. They do this to make the deer more visible in headlights of motorists and to avoid accidents.

Impressive! Magical, even!
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Re: Fairfax City deer spaying update: 18 does sterilized, more next year
Posted by: Greybeard ()
Date: July 15, 2015 08:01PM

So this came up in conversation, and one of the participants wondered what we've all been wondering: Why sterilize the does, when the bucks are surely easier/cheaper? Here's the answer (I wasn't quite OCD enough to hunt it down, but the other person did):

http://cliftondeer.org/frequently-asked-questions-about-surgical-sterilization/#4

which says:
Why do you plan to sterilize female deer and not males?

Suburban female deer typically spend their entire lives in matriarchal herds in a small (1 square mile or less) range. Male deer travel, particularly during rutting season, and will breed as much and as often as the opportunity presents itself. Because a single unsterilized male can impregnate as many female deer, across multiple herds, as several unsterilized males, there is little advantage to sterilizing males unless every single male over a large geographic area can be located, captured and sterilized.

Who knew...

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Re: Fairfax City deer spaying update: 18 does sterilized, more next year
Posted by: The Total Idiot ()
Date: July 15, 2015 09:15PM

Rather than spaying the deer, perhaps Obamacare could pay for IUDs and Diaphragms because the deer could have a population explosion later on if they want to.

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Re: Fairfax City deer spaying update: 18 does sterilized, more next year
Posted by: Art Laffer ()
Date: July 15, 2015 11:25PM

mEbCj Wrote:
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> Why not harvest the deer and feed the many hungry
> residents in the region?
>
> Hunger & Poverty Statistics
> http://feedingamerica.org/hunger-in-america/hunger
> -facts/hunger-and-poverty-statistics.aspx
>
>

Hey, idiot, why not stop voting for bungling Marxist community organizers who destroy entire economies with leftist cronyism and hair-brained redistribution schemes?

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Re: Fairfax City deer spaying update: 18 does sterilized, more next year
Posted by: pop control ()
Date: July 15, 2015 11:44PM

Sterilize illegals and anyone on welfare for more than 8 weeks

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