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Remotely Delivered Immunocontraception in Captive White-Tailed Deer

John W. Turner, Jr., Irwin K. M. Liu and Jay F. Kirkpatrick
The Journal of Wildlife Management
Vol. 56, No. 1 (Jan., 1992), pp. 154-157
Published by: Wiley on behalf of the Wildlife Society
DOI: 10.2307/3808803
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3808803
Page Count: 4
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Remotely Delivered Immunocontraception in Captive White-Tailed Deer
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Abstract

We tested a new contraceptive method that offers a potential alternative to white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) population control where hunting is unfeasible. We report the first successful, remotely delivered immunocontraception in captive, unrestrained white-tailed deer using porcine zona pellucida (PZP) antigen. None of 7 PZP-vaccinated does produced fawns, whereas 6 of 7 control does did. No adverse effects of treatment were observed. These results encourage further investigation of immunocontraception in wild white-tailed deer populations.

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