On July 18-21, 2017, the Botstiber Institute for Wildlife Fertility Control hosted the 8th International Conference on Wildlife Fertility Control in Washington, DC. The conference is a continuation of an international forum on research into the management of wildlife populations through contraception that began 30 years ago.

The conference convened over one hundred attendees from twelve countries. Participants included scientists, veterinarians, managers, policy-makers and advocates in the field of wildlife fertility control. Presentations focused on the progress and challenges of fertility control in a variety of species including elephants, wild horses, deer, wild pigs, squirrels, commensal rodents and kangaroos.



Abstracts and PowerPoint presentations from the conference can be viewed following the links below.

Cheryl Asa
The central role of fertility control in reproductive management of captive animal populations
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Makoto Asano
The development of immunocontraceptive vaccines based on zona pellucida antigens for control of feral raccoons in Japan

Dan Baker
GonaCon-Equine suppresses fertility in free-ranging horses (Equus caballus): Limitations and side effects of treatment

Ursula Bechert
Identifying pZP-immunocontracepted mares using IgG isotypes

Russell Benford
Feral horse management in tribal communities: Strategies and challenges
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Henk Bertschinger
Development and current status of African elephant (Loxodonta africana) immunocontraception using the PZP.
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Michael Bodenchuk
Fertility management for feral swine in the U.S.: A manager’s perspective
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Joyce Briggs
Developing new visible marking options for free-roaming dogs and cats sterilized or contracepted non-surgically
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Holly Cope
Contraception in female Tasmanian devils dose response effects, efficacy and health parameters when using deslorelin implants

Phil Cowan
The challenges of broad-scale delivery of wildlife fertility control
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Tony DeNicola
Evaluating surgical sterilization as a management technique for overabundant suburban deer populations
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Calvin Duncan
Assessing ovulation cycling and vaccine reversibility in American bison (Bison bison) treated with PZP
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Kristina Dunn
Sexless in the city: A nonlethal management strategy for controlling eastern gray squirrel reproduction in an urban area
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Douglas Eckery
Fertility control for wildlife management: Development of new tools and regulatory issues
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Kim Frank
Managing wild horse herds with limited resources
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Hilari French
Porcine and recombinant zona pellucida vaccines as immunocontraceptives for donkeys in the Caribbean
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John Griffin
Human conflict with rodents and other mammals in the UK: Why we need fertility control

Prayag H.S.
Vasectomy operations in spotted deer (Axis axis)-A successful method in wildlife fertility control

Cathy Herbert
Factors influencing the efficacy of contraceptive regimes in the field: Marsupial case studies from down under
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Cathy Herbert
Stress responses to different contraceptive delivery regimes in kangaroos

Giovanna Massei
An overview of fertility control to mitigate human wildlife conflicts in an overcrowded world
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Blake McCann
Delivery of GonaCon-Equine to feral horses (Equus caballus) using protoype syringe darts

Erik Peterson
Acquisition and acclimation of feral caribbean donkeys for use in reproductive research

Jenny Powers
Wildlife Fertility Control in the U.S. National Park Service – Does it Make Sense
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Brandy Pyzyna
The efficacy of ContraPest, a contraceptive bait, for the management of wild rats (Rattus norvegicus and Rattus rattus)

Ovidiu Rosu
PZP vaccination in a free-roaming feral horse population following individual chemical immobilisation and remote booster

Allen Rutberg
Efficacy of remotely delivered primers of controlled-release porcine zona pellucida vaccines (PZP-22)

Allen Rutberg
Factors influencing population-level effectiveness of PZP immunocontraception in two western wild horse populations
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Tatiana Samoylova
Immunocontraception Filamentous Bacteriophage as a Vaccine Platform for Wildlife Fertility Control
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Martin Schulman
Ovarian suppression following PZP vaccination in pony mares and donkey jennies
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Raman Sukumar
Wildlife-human conflicts in India: the imperatives of contraception for wildlife population control

John Turner
The Wildlife-Contraception Journey of PZP-22
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Hope Woodward
Fertility control as a tool within U.S. Forest Service sustainable wild horse program management: An example from New Mexico
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