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The standard means of managing the gray squirrel inhabitants by culling them has failed to...
Grey squirrel
The standard means of managing the gray squirrel inhabitants by culling them has failed to scale back the inhabitants as they breed quickly (Image: Niall Carson/PA Wire)

Scientists have devised a novel plan to make use of oral contraceptives to manage gray squirrel populations within the UK.

The mass contraception plan includes luring gray squirrels into feeding bins solely they will entry, utilizing pots containing hazelnut unfold spiked with contraceptives.

The challenge may assist eradicate gray squirrels within the UK with out killing them, in accordance with atmosphere minister Lord Benyon.

It ought to scale back the ‘untold injury’ gray squirrels do to woodland ecosystems and native purple squirrel populations, he stated.

The federal government scientists main the analysis say the contraceptive, which makes each female and male gray squirrels infertile, ought to be able to deploy within the wild inside two years.

Grey squirrel
Scientists have devised plan to make use of oral contraceptives to manage gray squirrel populations within the UK (Image: iStock)

First launched from North America within the late 19th century, it’s estimated that there are actually round 2.7 million gray squirrels within the UK.

These animals injury UK woodlands by stripping bark from timber to get on the nutritious sap beneath, focusing on younger timber, sometimes 10-50 years outdated.

The squirrels notably pose a risk to authorities efforts to sort out local weather change by planting tens of hundreds of hectares of latest woodlands, atmosphere minister Lord Goldsmith has warned.

It is estimated that the damage caused by grey squirrels cost £37 million a year in England and Wales alone.

Gray squirrels have additionally pushed UK’s native purple squirrel to the verge of extinction simply 160,000 purple squirrels left.

The standard means of managing the gray squirrel inhabitants by culling them has failed to scale back the inhabitants as they breed quickly.

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Grey squirrel
It’s estimated that there are actually round 2.7 million gray squirrels within the UK (Image: Shutterstock)

As a extra humane different, scientists have proposed dosing the animals with a contraceptive drug which may finally be more practical.

Dr Giovanna Massei, the lead scientist on the challenge stated that her staff has developed a vaccine that prompts the immune system to limit the manufacturing of intercourse hormones, which leaves each female and male squirrels infertile.

The drug is just not everlasting, and additional checks are being carried out to discover a dose that has a long-lasting impact and is secure to make use of within the wild.

Pc modelling confirmed that the contraceptive technique may carry gray squirrel populations to the brink of extinction in some locations.

If successfull on gray squirrels, Dr Massei believes comparable strategies might be used to assist management the inhabitants of different invasive mammals together with rats, mice, deer, and wild boar.

The non-lethal different has been backed by animal rights teams.

‘We mustn’t neglect that gray squirrels and different species deemed “invasive” are the place they’re by no fault of their very own and fully as a result of human carelessness, and so they should be left in peace,’ stated the Folks for the Moral Therapy of Animals.