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September 13, 2007

NH Fish and Game is NOT Considering Controlling Deer Numbers With Contraceptives

CONCORD, N.H. -- The NH Fish and Game Commission voted on September 12, 2007, to move forward with an initiative to regulate the use of drugs by any person for fertility control or growth stimulation in wildlife. The initiative is intended to prevent the use of wildlife fertility control drugs without a permit from the NH Fish and Game Department.  The Department has no intent to use such drugs nor to permit their use anywhere in New Hampshire.

The initiative to regulate the use of wildlife fertility control drugs is being pursued because of recent advancements in the development of a single-dose, multi-year drug to prevent pregnancy in deer. While the development of that drug is still ongoing, and the possible federal registration by the US Environmental Protection Agency is pending, Fish and Game officials believe it is important to have clear authority to regulate the use of these drugs if they are approved in the future.

News reports that Fish and Game is considering the use of contraceptives to control the deer population are simply not accurate, according to Steve Weber, Chief of Wildlife for the Department.  "The initiative is intended to prevent the use of wildlife contraceptive drugs by anyone without specific permission from the Department," Weber said.  "There are no situations that exist in New Hampshire where the use of fertility control drugs would even be contemplated by the Fish and Game Department."

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