Potential use of contraception for managing wildlife pests in Australia

There is an increasing level of interest in contraception to manage wildlife pests in Australia, due mainly to concerns over high recurrent costs, animal welfare, and the failure of current control techniques to prevent damage in some instances. We have developed criteria that need to be met for contraception to be successful for pest control: technology exists to reduce fertility; an effective delivery mechanism to treat wild animals exists; the end result of reduced animal damage is achieved; effects are humane and nontoxic; and product is target specific, cost effective, and environmentally acceptable.

We assessed all available and proposed contraceptive techniques against these criteria to see if any were suitable or promising for use on Australian pests. The present role of contraception in Australia is extremely limited. The main barrier for widespread and abundant pests is the lack of suitable delivery techniques that are cost effective. The probable impact of contraception in wild populations is also poorly understood.

Author Bomford, M. and O'Brien, P.
Date 1993-10-26
Year 1993
Secondary title Contraception in wildlife management: APHIS Technical Bulletin No. 1853
Place published Denver, Colorado
Publisher Denver Wildlife Research Centre
Pages 10
Control method Fertility Control
Region Australia - national
Links https://www.aphis.usda.gov/ws/nwrc/symposia/contraception/bomford.pdf