Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University
Allen T Rutberg

Research Assistant Professor

Fertility Control for Wildlife, Urban Wildlife Conflict

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  • Ph.D. - University of Washington - 1984
  • A.B. - Harvard College - 1976
  1. Rutberg, A.T.  2013. Managing wildlife with contraception:  why is it taking so long?  Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine 44(4S):S38-S46.
  2. Turner, J.W. Jr., and A. T. Rutberg.  2013.  From the pens to the field:  real-world wildlife contraception.  Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine 44(4S):S102-S110.
  3. Rutberg, A.T., R.E. Naugle, and F. Verret.  2013.  Single-treatment PZP immunocontraception associated with reduction of a white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) population.  Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine 44(4S):S75-S83.
  4. Rutberg, A. T., R. Naugle, J.W. Turner, Jr., M. Fraker, D. Flanagan, and I.K.M. Liu.  2013.Tests of one-treatment immunocontraceptive vaccines on white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) on Fripp Island, SC.  Wildlife Research 40:281-288.
  5. Koncel, M.A., and A.T. Rutberg.  2012.  Catching the spirit: a study of BLM wild horse adopters in New England.  Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science 15:35-52.
  6. Rutberg, A.T., and R.E. Naugle.  2008.  Population-level effects of immunocontraception in white-tailed deer.  Wildlife Research, 35:494-501.
  7. Turner, J.W. Jr., A.T. Rutberg, R.E. Naugle, M.A. Kaur, D.R. Flanagan, H.J. Bertschinger, and I.K.M. Liu. 2008. Controlled-release components of PZP contraceptive vaccine extend duration of infertility.  Wildlife Research, 35:555-562.
  8. Rutberg, A.T., and R.E. Naugle.  2008.  Deer-vehicle collision trends at a suburban immunocontraception site.  Human-Wildlife Conflicts2:60-67.
  9. Turner, J.W., Jr., I.K.M. Liu, D.R. Flanagan, A.T. Rutberg, and J.F. Kirkpatrick.  2007.  Immunocontraception in wild horses:  one inoculation provides two years of infertility.  Journal of Wildlife Management 71:662-667.
  10. Rutberg, A. T.  2005.  Deer contraception:  what we know and what we don’t.  In Rutberg, A.T. (ed.), Humane Wildlife Solutions:  The Role of Immunocontraception, Humane Society Press, Washington, DC.
  11. Rutberg, A. T., R. E. Naugle, L. A. Thiele, and I. K. M. Liu. 2004. Effects of immunocontraception on a suburban population of white-tailed deer Odocoileus virginianus. Biological Conservation, 116:243-250.
  12. Rutberg, A. T.  2003.  Wild horses and burros in the United States.  Pp. 217-221 in D.J. Salem and A.N. Rowan, eds., State of the Animals II. 2003.  Humane Society Press, Washington, D.C.
  13. Grandy, J. W., and A. T. Rutberg. 2002. An animal welfare view of wildlife contraception. Reproduction Suppl. 60:1-7.
  14. Naugle, R. E., A. T. Rutberg, H. B. Underwood, J. W. Turner, Jr., and I. K. M. Liu. 2002. Field testing of immunocontraception on white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) at Fire Island National Seashore, New York, USA. Reproduction Suppl. 60:143-153.
  15. Turner, J. W., Jr., I. K. M. Liu, D. R. Flanagan, K. S. Bynum, and A. T. Rutberg. 2002. PZP immunocontraception of wild horses in Nevada: a 10- year study. Reproduction Suppl. 60:177-186.
  16. Walter, W. D., P. J. Pekins, A. T. Rutberg, and H. J. Kilpatrick. 2002. Evaluation of immunocontraception in a free-ranging suburban white-tailed deer herd. Wildlife Society Bulletin 30:186-192.
  17. Rutberg, A.T. 2001. Why state wildlife agencies should not advocate hunting and trapping. Human Dimensions of Wildlife 6:33-37.

General Research Interests

  • Deer and wild horse immunocontraception
  • Suburban deer controversies and population management
  • Wild horse management
  • Ungulate social organization

Research Interests by Area

International, Wildlife and Conservation Medicine
  • Control of wild animal populations using immunocontraceptive vaccines