- The Washington Times - Friday, May 16, 2014

More than 1,600 kangaroos are expected to be shot by Australia’s capital of Canberra, a population-control measure that has drawn massive fire from animal-rights activists.

But around 500 are going to escape the fate, thanks to a new experiment to give the ‘roos birth control instead of the bullet, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.

The government is working with Alphadog, an animal rights group, on plans to shoot the kangaroos with tranquilizers and then give them a fertility drug called Deslorelin, NBC News reported.

Nature reserve authorities closed down eight reserves that border the capital and sent out a couple of contracted gunmen to perform the service.

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