Cumberland Times-News

February 1, 2014

In lieu of abstinence


Associated Press

— FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — The

Humane Society of the United

States says Virginia has

approved a project proposed

by the city of Fairfax to reduce

the white-tailed deer population

through sterilization.

The animal protection group

says the state Department of

Game & Inland Fisheries

recently approved the project,

which will be the first of its

kind in Virginia. The city will

work with a contractor to tranquilize

does and use a minimally

invasive surgical procedure

to remove their ovaries.

The procedure has been done

in Baltimore County, Md.; San

Jose, Calif.; Town and Country,

Mo.; And Cayuga Heights, N.Y.

The Humane Society is

donating $3,000 to support the

project.