The NIH site in Maryland is a 500-acre research facility, fully enclosed with a nine-foot perimeter fence and access gates.
At the NIH, white-tailed deer get sterilized in luxurious surgery rooms, Washington Post, Dec 24, 2015A recent experiment in sterilizing deer at Cornell University — using tubal ligation — backfired when the reduced birthrate was offset by randy males moving onto campus. The bucks didn’t stop there, researchers found, because the treated does stayed in heat longer than those who got pregnant, creating a group of “buck magnets.”
Under the spaying technique in use at the NIH, females don’t go into heat at all.
HHS Seeks Birth Control… For Deer, The Weekly Standard, Sept 25, 2015The NIH site in Maryland is a 500-acre research facility, fully enclosed with a nine-foot perimeter fence and access gates. Lately, the campus has been, relatively speaking, overrun with deer; in this case, overrun means an estimated population of thirty to forty. Apparently thinking long-term, NIH is not looking for a contractor simply to perform the initial work, but one that can train NIH veterinary staff to perform the operations in the future
NIH Seeks Bidders to Spay Its Over-Abundance of Grazing Deer, NewsMax, Aug 15, 2014“Female deer will be anesthetized with appropriate anesthetic agents using remote immobilization (i.e., darting) technologies. Deer then will be transported to a central location to perform surgical procedures — ovariectomy. One mature doe in each matrilineal group will be radio-collared to facilitate future capture efforts (e.g., to locate unmarked deer for subsequent capture) and to assess survival rates. Additional does may be captured and treated over the subsequent 3 years to compensate for potential immigration,” the bid solicitation states.