Too many? Eight reasons to invest in
wildlife fertility control

Presented by Dr. Giovanna Massei, Director, BIWFC Europe, University of York

As human populations increase and urbanization expands, human-wildlife conflicts are growing. Concurrently, public attitudes are shifting from traditional “wildlife management” to “coexistence,” particularly where the density of the human population is relatively high.

Lethal methods to resolve human-wildlife conflicts can be ineffective, illegal, costly, harmful to the environment and socially unacceptable. This webinar  presents case studies where fertility control has been implemented as an alternative to or complementary to culling. Dr. Massei discusses opportunities and challenges associated with the use of fertility control to manage wildlife and free-roaming livestock and concludes with a comprehensive list of reasons to invest in this area.


Giovanna Massei, PhD, is the Director of the Botstiber Institute for Wildlife Fertility Control (BIWFC) Europe and Senior Research Fellow at the University of York in the United Kingdom. She received her BsC in Natural Sciences from the University of Florence (Italy) and her PhD in wild boar ecology from the University of Aberdeen (UK).  For more than 25 years Dr. Massei has carried out research on non-lethal methods to manage wildlife, free-roaming livestock and dogs, with a particular focus on fertility control. Dr. Massei has published two books on the natural history and management of wild boar and circa 150 scientific papers and popular articles on wildlife management and applied ecology. Since 2012 she has served as an Associate Editor for Human-Wildlife Interactions.