Hastings Mayor Says Deer Birth Control Project To Begin In Late February

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HASTINGS-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. -- A project to immunize deer with birth control to help control the local population in Hastings-on-Hudson should begin in late February, according to Mayor Peter Swiderski.

The village is waiting final paperwork and regulatory licensing that will allow the project, which has been in the works for two years, to begin.

"It looks like we are finishing up securing our last license and will be proceeding with the deer immuno project at the end of February," Swiderski said in his message to the community on the village website."

Swiderski detailed plans for the "hunt" that will include shooting the deer with anesthetic darts then administering an immunocontraceptive (PZP) which prevents conception for up to two years.

Over the course of four weeks, a team of professionals from the Humane Society will be out in HIllside Woods and the Andrus Nursing Home property," Swiderski said. "When the deer (females – does - specifically) go down a few minutes later, the Humane Society professionals will find them, take some measurements, and inject them with PZP."

The deer will then be tagged before they revive and wander off.

"This is the first year of this effort: we don't expect full coverage - but we will be working out procedures, what works where, and how long this takes," Swiderski said. " The Humane Society crew will be back next year, and for another three until the experiment concludes."

The darters will be following a safety protocol as well as other details that will be posted on the village website.

"The Humane Society team has darted over 3,000 animals between the two of them over the last 30 years without incident and we look forward to working with them," Swiderski said.

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Jdl59:

When campaigning for mayor, Swiderski promised to decrease the deer population but the animal rights lobby objected to deer removal. The birth control program is not only expensive but also useless. Hastings has a deer population of up to 60 deer per square mile. To achieve adequate tick reduction to combat deer tick-borne illness, there should be a deer density of 6-8 deer per square mile. Deer sterilization does not achieve this. The mayor, his wife and child have all had Lyme disease, which can cause debilitating arthritis, memory loss, heart block, etc. The group at highest risk is the children. More and more diseases carried by the deer tick are being discovered, including babesiosis, anaplasmosis, and Powassan viral encephalitis, all of which can be fatal. These are all increasing in incidence. This is a public health crisis which the animal rights lobby is preventing us from combatting.

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