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Available data provide adequate information to support the conditional registration of GnRH as a tool for management of nuisance white-tailed deer.
White-tailed deer have been classified by EPA as a public health pest because they are a host for blacklegged ticks (Ixodes scapularis), more commonly known as deer ticks, which are a carrier of Lyme disease.
In many urban and suburban areas white-tailed deer populations have become over abundant and are considered a year-round nuisance causing many human-wildlife conflicts such as destruction on gardens, landscapes and golf courses as well as a cause of numerous vehicle accidents. According to a 2006 study, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that there are about 1.5 million car accidents with deer resulting in over $1 billion of damage and 150 human fatalities annually.
GonaCon is intended to be used in combination with other management techniques since it cannot alone reduce already over abundant populations.