Discussion Topic: Will Sterilizing Deer Hurt Hunting?

From an Associated Press story in Waterloo, Iowa’s The Courier: _Iowa wildlife experts are looking into a new deer contraceptive … Continued

From an Associated Press story in Waterloo, Iowa’s The Courier:

_Iowa wildlife experts are looking into a new deer contraceptive that could curb the state’s multimillion-dollar-a-year overpopulation problem.

The new, single-dose birth control vaccine would neutralize sex hormones in the famously fertile and polygamous animals. It would result in infertility in both males and females.

“It’s not something you want anyone or everyone to use,” said Dale Garner, wildlife bureau chief at the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. “We want to make sure it’s not used willy-nilly in the state.”

The contraceptive vaccine, called GonaCon, is being developed by researchers at the National Wildlife Research Center, a branch of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. It is expected to be submitted to the Environmental Protection Agency in March, said Gail Keirn, a spokeswoman for the research center.

The EPA wouldn’t likely approve the drug until early 2008, making it the first wildlife contraceptive available for nonresearch purposes._

Should this contraceptive be used at all? Are you concerned that it might eventually lead to fewer hunting opportunities? Check out the whole story, then weigh in below.