Population Statistic: Read. React. Repeat.
Thursday, September 02, 2021

Deeming that hunters and natural predators aren’t doing enough to thin out the herds, communities in Maryland are putting their overloaded deer populations on the pill.

As an added bonus, it reduces deer-car couplings:

The no-sex contraceptive might have an additional advantage if the goal is to prevent deer from becoming a nuisance or a threat to humans. Eliminating rutting, which can make deer oblivious to such things as vehicles in their surroundings, could cut down on the number of collisions between deer and cars — one of the main reasons communities want to reduce their deer populations. At the same time, scientists have no idea what other ramifications might ensue from suppressing the urge to mate.

I’m sensing the inspiration for a new edition of “Deer Hunter” coming from this. Maybe for a new version of “Deer Avenger”, too.

- Costa Tsiokos, Thu 09/02/2021 08:59:42 PM
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