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Dealing with deer in the suburbs will be discussed at a regional conference being held Saturday at the University at Buffalo Law School.

The conference, "The Increasing Conflicts Between Deer and Human Populations in Suburban Areas," is designed for concerned citizens and policy makers. Sponsored by the Buffalo Environmental Law Journal, it will be held from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Room 104 of O'Brian Hall on the UB North Campus in Amherst.

The conference will cover bait-and-shoot programs, as well as non-lethal alternatives such as land management and immunocontraception.

Speakers will include officials from Amherst, which hopes to obtain a state permit to begin an immunocontraception research program in the town. Officials from other communities already using the program also will be on a panel.

Other speakers will include John Hadidian, director of urban wildlife with the Humane Society of the United States; and Gary Parsons, chief of the Bureau of Wildlife, and James Snider, senior wildlife biologist, both with the state Department of Environmental Conservation. Also scheduled to speak are William Porter, with the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, who is overseeing an immunocontraceptive project in Irondequoit; and Bruce Kohrn, an environmental consultant working with Amherst on its immunocontraception project.

The registration fee is $15 and includes breakfast and lunch.

Preregistration is required. To register, contact Kathy Bennett or Marc Romanowski at 645-7342.

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