|The Deer Spay program in action. [Photo by Tom Jackman]|
If you live around the City of Fairfax, you might be surprised to see deer with “bling.” The deer wearing ear tags were part of a groundbreaking sterilization effort undertaken last winter called Deer Spay.
Proponents of Deer Spay see it as a humane, safe, and ethical alternative to Fairfax County’s bowhunting program.
The advocacy group known as Humane Deer Management facilitated the Fairfax City pilot program along with Wildlife Rescue of Maryland. Wildlife ecologist Anthony J. DeNicola removed the ovaries from 18 female deer, rendering them incapable of breeding. The operations were done in a mobile surgical unit, and the deer were released into their home location after a brief rest.
Funding for the Deer Spay program comes entirely from private sources, and donations are urgently needed for Phase 2, which is scheduled to start this fall.
Visit the Humane Deer Management website to learn more about the “Spay her…Don’t kill her” campaign, the benefits of Deer Spay, and how to support this program. Donations can be sent to Pets Ltd. (Deer Fund), P.O. Box 7175, Fairfax Station, VA 22039.