Ballina's bunny rampage to end



BALLINA Shire Council is consulting with the Rural Lands Protection Board in bid to rid the town of its rampant rabbit problem.

Scores of rabbits are breeding like & well, rabbits in parkland near the TAFE complex in Ballina and causing problems for residents around Burnett Street.

According to experts, the rabbits are not European wild rabbits, which are a listed pest. The bunnies loose in town are a domestic breed which has adapted too well to the wide open spaces and to digging warrens under some residents' houses.

After admitting it previously had no control policy in place, the council is now looking at either infecting rabbits with the calicivirus, setting poisoned baits in warrens, or a combination of both.

Rural Lands Protection officers who have dealt with similar problems will work closely with council on the eradication, but there are concerns that because the rabbits come from domesticated blood lines the calicivirus may not be as effective.

The eradication methods will only be used on public land and the council says rabbits in residential areas may need to be trapped and disposed of humanely.



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