Pigeon Control by Chemosterilization: Population Model from Laboratory Results

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Science  16 Oct 1970:
Vol. 170, Issue 3955, pp. 322-324
DOI: 10.1126/science.170.3955.322


Reproductivity of pigeons is inhibited with mestranol incorporated in a synthetic grit; continual erosion releases daily doses. Young squabs may be permanently sterilized when fed crop milk by treated birds. A theoretical model of pigeon population dynamics using laboratory-obtained data shows the advantages of chemosterilization over killing as a means of pigeon control.

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