FAIRFAX, Va. (WUSA9) -- A unique partnership is underway between police and a local vet to control the deer population in Fairfax City.
The idea comes from a deer population program out of NIH in Bethesda, where a dart is used to anesthetize the deer so that she can have surgery to remove her ovaries.
In Fairfax, there's make-shift deer population operating room set up in a garage at Fairfax City Police headquarters. It's too control the deer population humanely.
Residents worried about collisions, lyme disease and their gardens will often complain to police about the deer population.
Dr. Jeff Newman volunteered to help with the surgeries to remove the deer ovaries.
"People come to this project with different backgrounds. I was coming from a public safety standpoint and I decided I wanted to do something about it," Newman said.