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

The Village of Hastings-on-Hudson will begin a deer birth control project this winter. Video Credit: Danny LoPriore

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 th e 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.