This Thursday, we have two meetings rescheduled from March on the immunocontraceptive effort we plan to pursue on deer.
As mentioned before, the Village is pursuing an immuno-contraception trial in the village to control and attempt to reduce our deer population. This will involve a study that woudl begin this winter, carried out with scientific rigor, run by Dr. Allen Rutberg of Tufts University. For the first few years, we will dart deer with tranquilizers. They will be injected with PZP, a protein derived from pigs, that will provoke an immune response that will sterilize the deer for a period of up to two years. Over time, without new fawns born, we hope the population will substantially decrease and provide relief for the environment and human residents.
Dr. Allen Rutberg will be in town this Thursday. I have asked him to meet with potential volunteers as well as to speak to the public to both introduce himself and describe the effort.
From 6PM to 7PM this Thursday at the Municipal Building (upstairs), we are asking anyone who would like to hear more about the program and how you could help (ranging from keeping deer sighting logs to actual implementation) to attend a meeting at the Municipal Building in the main meeting room upstairs. Professor Rutberg will lay out the plan and we will describe how you can help. This is a precedent-setting experiment that puts us at the forefront of the nation on the issue and provides you a real chance to be involved in something new and exciting. Please consider attending.
Public Information Session
At 7:00PM, in the same location, we will have a presentation by Professor Rutberg to village residents. He will introduce himself and describe the immuno-contraception experiment. We will have some time for questions afterwards. Everything will be broadcast and available for viewing online or on cable television.
I am personally very excited by this project. Immunocontraceptive experiments have been carried out in the past but in more isolated locations, such as islands. They have become increasingly successful over time. This will be the first time it is carried out in a dense suburb like ours. If it succeeds, it will provide our village with a sustainable way to keep the deer population at reasonable numbers and also provide an option to countless other communities in similar circumstances to ours. It is most certainly an experiment that may or may not succeed. However, we believe that this community has the interest and support to give this idea a chance. I hope to see you on Thursday and either the Volunteer session at 6PM or the general information session at 7PM at the Municipal Building..