Ohio research project seeks to control deer population

CINCINNATI (AP) – A suburban neighborhood in southwest Ohio is participating in a study to determine if the state’s deer population can be controlled by sterilization.

The Clifton section of Cincinnati is joining the three-to-five-year study to determine the feasibility of managing the burgeoning deer population through fertility control. The effort is focusing on three parks in the area.

Under a research permit issued by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, veterinarians and other professionals spent the first week of December anesthetizing, sterilizing and tagging female deer in and around the three parks.

Wildlife biologists from The Humane Society of the United States and a team of local volunteers also participated.

The idea is to try to control the deer population without having to kill them.

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