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MCLA'S 'GREEN LIVING' SERIES CONTINUES ON THURSDAY WITH 'WHAT TO DO WHEN THERE ARE TOO MANY DEER IN THE SUBURBS'

NORTH ADAMS, MASS. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) continues its Green Living Seminar series on “Living with Wildlife: Conflicts and Conservation” when Dr. Allen Rutberg, director of the Center for Animals and Public Policy, speaks on “What to Do When There Are Too Many Deer in the Suburbs.”

This event, which will take place on Thursday, Feb. 18, at 5:30 p.m. in the Feigenbaum Center for Science and Innovation, room 121, is free and open to the public.

In addition to serving as director of the Center for Animals and Public Policy, Rutberg is a research assistant professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University in North Grafton.

Trained as a behavioral ecologist, in 1984 Rutberg earned his Ph.D. in zoology at the University of Washington in Seattle, where he carried out field studies on American bison and wild horses.

After a stint teaching undergraduate biology, Rutberg joined The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) as senior scientist for wildlife and habitat protection, where he served from 1991 to 2000. There, he initiated field studies of immune-contraceptive vaccines for the control of deer and wild horse populations, which he has continued since he joined the Cummings School faculty in 2000.

At Cummings School, Rutberg also directs the Master’s of Science program in “Animals in Public Policy.”

Each spring semester, MCLA’s Green Living Seminar Series hosts lectures by local, regional and national experts. Each series is organized around a central theme related to the environment and sustainability. The 2016 series is a presentation of MCLA’s Berkshire Environmental Resource Center and the Department of Environmental Studies at MCLA.

This spring, MCLA’s Green Living Seminars is examining the relationship between people and wildlife, both locally and more broadly.

For more information, go to www.mcla.edu/greenliving or contact Dr. Elena Traister, chair of the environmental studies program at MCLA, (413) 662-5303.

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) is the Commonwealth’s public liberal arts college and a campus of the Massachusetts state university system. MCLA promotes excellence in learning and teaching, innovative scholarship, intellectual creativity, public service, applied knowledge, and active and responsible citizenship. MCLA graduates are prepared to be practical problem solvers and engaged, resilient global citizens.

For more information, go to http://www.mcla.edu/