Skip to main content

Fairfax City Will Try Sterilizing Does

featured-fairfax-sterilizing-does

Facing a deer population that’s outgrowing its urban surroundings, Fairfax City will attempt to begin surgically sterilizing does to impede reproduction.

The Washington Post reported that the city is awaiting clearance from the state Department of Game and Inland Fisheries to proceed with the sterilization. If cleared, Fairfax City will be the first area in the state to begin using the sterilizing technique.

The process involves tranquilizing and capturing does within the six-square mile city area and sterilizing them by removing their ovaries.

After the does recuperate, they would be released back to where they were found.

Non-profit organization White Buffalo Inc. will spearhead the procedure, which has been refined to be as humane as possible.

Anthony J. DeNicola, Co-founder and President of White Buffalo, is in charge of the operation. DeNicola is a wildlife ecologist with 25 years of deer research experience.

Fairfax City Mayor Scott Silverthorne told the Post that managed hunts in the surrounding area have not effectively controlled deer populations, leading him to seek the help of DeNicola and White Buffalo.

deermanagementbanner

Image via White Buffalo Inc.

DeNicola has spearheaded similar procedures in four other US locations. Local taxpayers won’t foot the bill; White Buffalo pays for the procedure in full.

Admittedly, Fairfax City has not reached the level of explosive deer populations that other cities have seen. Both Silverthorne and the City Council are proactively approaching the situation, which DeNicola said was “very unique.”

DeNicola has spearheaded similar procedures in four other US locations. Local taxpayers won’t foot the bill; White Buffalo pays for the procedure in full.

The deer will be tagged for future surveillance, which will allow both Fairfax City and White Buffalo the ability to measure success over time.

“We’re going to have a lot of data when this is all said and done,” Silverthorne told the Post.

Read about the battle against rising black bear populations in New Jersey.

you might also like

Fairfax City Will Try Sterilizing Does