Spring 2019
Urban Deer Conflict Management Seminar
The Botstiber Institute for Wildlife Fertility Control held its first urban deer conflict management seminar in Harrisburg, PA on March 25. Laura Simon, an Urban Wildlife Consultant, and John Griffin, Senior Director of Urban Wildlife Programs at The Humane Society of the United States, presented on strategies to mitigate human-deer conflict and provided a framework to comprehensively address the problem. The seminar was featured on CBS 21.
Call for Papers
To support research and advance education on wildlife fertility control, the Institute created an open-access repository for all research related to wildlife fertility control. If you authored a paper related to wildlife fertility control and would like to include it in our repository , please send the pdf version of the article to . We will review the publishers' policies and guidelines prior to posting.
BIWFC Now on Social Media
In addition to our website, you can now learn more about The BIWFC on social media by following our Facebook and Twitter pages.
International Urban Wildlife Conference, June 2-5, 2019
The BIWFC will exhibit, sponsor, and host a symposium on Urban Wildlife Fertility Control at the International Urban Wildlife Conference in Portland, Oregon. Speakers include Allen Rutberg , Director of the Center for Animals and Public Policy at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts Uni versity , Brandy Pyzyna , Vice President of Scientific Operations and Technical Services of SenesTech , Inc., Catherine Herbert , Associate Professor at the University of Sydney, Chung-tong Shek , with the Hong Kong Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department, and Jackson Runte , Resident Assistant at Colorado State University.
PZP Immunocontraception Conference, August 7-9, 2019
The PZP Immunocontraception Conference , supported by a BIWFC grant and hosted by the Science and Conservation Center in Billings, Montana, will bring together representatives from various fields who work on controlling wildlife populations with PZP Immunocontraception. They will have the opportunity to discuss successes, and challenges encountered in their PZP fertility control projects. In addition, researchers will update the attendees on the ongoing studies and share what the future of fertility control may hold.
Pathways 2019: Human Dimensions of Wildlife Conference and Training, Sept. 22-26
The BIWFC will exhibit, sponsor, and plans to host a symposium on the global use of fertility control in managing wildlife populations at Pathways 2019: Human Dimensions of Wildlife Conference and Training  in Estes Park, CO.   The conference and training program is designed to address the myriad of issues that arise as people and wildlife struggle to coexist in a sustainable and healthy manner. Its mission is to increase professionalism and effectiveness in the Human Dimensions of Wildlife Management field.
American Fisheries Society & The Wildlife Society Joint Conference, September 29 - October 3
The BIWFC will exhibit at The American Fisheries Society & The Wildlife Society 2019 Joint Conference in Reno, Nevada. This historic joint conference will offer educational and networking sessions for wildlife and fisheries professionals, educators, students, and influencers.
Pennsylvania Urban Deer Conflict Management Seminar, Dates TBD
This free seminar will educate the public about how to resolve deer problems in their backyards and neighborhoods while helping municipalities learn effective and sustainable ways to co-exist with deer and other wildlife. Subsequent seminars are planned for later in 2019. More details can be found here as they become available.
Esquimalt seeks fertility control for local deer
Sooke News reported that the Township of Esquimalt in British Columbia is considering a plan to use immunocontraception to manage their deer, similar to the neighboring District of Oak Bay. According to Councillor Ken Amor, any method used "needs to be a region-wide effort to avoid deer populations from simply filling voids in neighboring areas."
OvoControl in Canadian Train Stations
Besides the typical issues caused by pigeons related to the excessive amounts of feces, pigeons can cause problems on transit lines by triggering alarms causing the trains to brake automatically. According to Burnaby Now, TransLink and the British Columbia SPCA are collaborating on a pilot project using OvoControl to lower the pigeon population and reduce operational issues.
Indian Elephants and the Importance of Habitat
According to The Hindu , A. J. T. Johnsingh, former dean of the Wildlife Institute of India, believes that contraception could be a management tool for the elephant population. He also stressed that elephant habitat has been degraded and that there should be a strong focus on protecting the major elephant corridors.
Managing Deer with New Technology
Promising Proposal for Wild Equids
Newsday reported that representatives from The Humane Society of the United States and Tufts University plan to test the " usefulness of facial recognition software, drone-mounted infrared cameras and a dart-delivered contraceptive" to manage the Head of Harbor white-tailed deer population. These new techniques are aimed to increase the practicality and effectiveness of immunocontraceptives.
The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and the Humane Society Legislative Fund (HSLF) collaborated with "animal welfare, wild horse advocacy, and conservation and rangeland management stakeholders to develop a proposal for the non-lethal and humane care of wild horses and burros." Kitty Block, president and CEO of the HSUS, and Sara Amundson, president of the HSLF, reported on the key elements of this proposal.
Wild Boar in Hong Kong
The increasing population of wild boar in Hong Kong has been an ongoing problem. Complaints of wild boar interactions have tripled in recent years. Despite this, the South China Morning Post reports that people prefer to either co-exist or manage them humanely.
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