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Mon., Sept. 26, 2011, 7:04 a.m.

Not tonight deer: birth control vaccine may reduce urban deer damage

A buck looks over the fence Friday at a half-acre in Dalton Gardens  where a community-supported agriculture project is taking shape. The abundance of deer is a  hazard of gardening in North Idaho. (Jesse Tinsley)
A buck looks over the fence Friday at a half-acre in Dalton Gardens where a community-supported agriculture project is taking shape. The abundance of deer is a hazard of gardening in North Idaho. (Jesse Tinsley)

NUISANCE WILDLIFE -- Science is out of the rut and onto a new tactic for dealing with burgeoning deer populations in towns and suburbs where the animals can't be hunted.

A new birth control vaccine for white-tailed deer -- a growing nuisance in urban areas for gardens and landscaping -- eliminates the dangerous reproductive behavior behind the annual autumn surge in automobile-deer collisions, according to a report in Science Daily.

The vaccine, just becoming commercially available in some U.S. states, was the topic of a report in Denver at the 242nd National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society, Science Daily said.




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Rich Landers
Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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