Evaluation of hormonal agents to control reproduction in Elk and Mule Deer
Led by Dan Baker, former researcher
This work began in the 1990s to evaluate potential methods of fertility control that could be applied to elk and mule populations existing in areas where traditional methods of population control would not be feasible. Research continued through 2005. Studies indicated GnRH agonist (leuprolide) could be an effective fertility control agent applied to female elk and mule deer. Results of the work were published in several scientific journals and are currently being applied by Federal agencies in their efforts to control elk populations within some Federal jurisdictions.