May 17, 2022

Wildlife Professionals from Around the World Gather to Discuss  The Role of Fertility Control in Mitigating Human-Wildlife Conflicts

Colorado Governor, Bestselling Author to Speak at the 9th International Conference on Wildlife Fertility Control, May 23-25 in Colorado Springs, CO.

Media, PA  – What do wild horses, elephants, deer, kangaroos, hippos and even prairie dogs have in common? As human populations expand, conflicts between these and other species and humans are growing exponentially worldwide.

Next week, May 23-25, nearly 130 wildlife professionals from around the world will be discussing the role of fertility control in mitigating human wildlife conflicts as well as the development of wildlife fertility control methods during the 9th International Conference on Wildlife Fertility Control, at the Cheyenne Mountain Resort in Colorado Springs, CO.

Hosted by The Botstiber Institute for Wildlife Fertility Control (BIWFC), this conference will include a diverse group of speakers from the US, UK, Canada, Spain, Italy, Japan, India, Australia, and South Africa.  They will present in sessions on human dimensions, recent research, practical applications, identification and delivery, modelling and data management, ethics and welfare, and social, economic political and regulatory aspects of the field.

In addition, the conference will include two special guests – The Honorable Jarod Polis, Governor of Colorado, and Best-selling Author Mary Roach. Governor Polis is scheduled to address the attendees at 10:30 AM on Monday, May 23. Mary Roach, who has been called “America’s funniest science writer,” by the Washington Post, will address the audience at the Welcome Reception on Monday evening at 6:00 PM.

Among the conference speakers will be representatives from the Bureau of Land Management, The US Department of Agriculture, The US Geological Survey, the UK Animal and Plant Health Agency, The Humane Society of the United States, New York City Parks and Recreation, The National Wildlife Research Center and Colorado State University.

The 9th International Conference on Wildlife Fertility Control is a continuation of an international conference series that began more than 34 years ago in Philadelphia, PA. Since then, subsequent conferences have been held in Australia, South Africa, the United Kingdom, Wyoming and most recently Washington, D.C. in 2017.

“Significant progress has been made in the field of wildlife fertility control since our last international conference in 2017,” said BIWFC Managing Director Monique Principi. “But challenges remain that must be addressed to supply the increasing demand for effective, humane and sustainable methods to mitigate human-wildlife conflicts.”

This year’s conference will  highlight the need to raise public awareness and understanding of the role that fertility control can play in mitigating human-wildlife conflict, and the importance of cross disciplinary cooperation.

“In accordance with the conference theme “Creating Connections,” explained Stephanie Boyles Griffin, BIWFC Science and Policy Director, “we hope to encourage collaboration among all wildlife practitioners, including biologists, social scientists, wildlife managers, government agencies, policymakers, legislators, and NGOs and others.”

The Botstiber Institute for Wildlife Fertility Control was established six years ago as a partnership between the Dietrich W. Botstiber Foundation and The Humane Society of the United States.  Headquartered in Media PA, with an additional office in the United Kingdom, the BIWFC aims to advance the use of effective, sustainable fertility control methods to mitigate human-wildlife conflicts and promote coexistence worldwide.

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