White-tailed deer populations in suburban and urban areas have expanded dramatically in recent years and have produced widespread problems across the United States. Currently there are several methods to control the size and growth of deer populations. I modeled the use of immunocontraception on a hypothetical, urban deer population and found 60% of the does would need to be vaccinated with porcine zona pellucida (PZP) in order to stabilize the herd. I also found that the population would decrease after 70% of the females received the immunocontraceptive. The cost of administering the drug significantly out-weighs the price per dose of PZP, making the use of immunocontraceptives on urban white-tailed deer populations cost-inefficient.
Meredith Millis, ’00 Des Moines, IA
Majors: Biology and Spanish
Sponsor: Robert Black