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Humane Society announces deer sterilization effort

Thursday - 1/23/2014, 4:00am  ET

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.

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