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Bunnies!

By johnboy - 27 December 2012 16

The ABC informs us that the fluffy bunnies are back on the march in the region.

The Kelpie of Few Accomplishments was certainly so surprised to meet a bunny in Haig Park last month he didn’t even give chase.

A surge in rabbit numbers across the ACT and surrounding regions, is costing farmers around $200 million a year.

Invasive Animal Cooperative Centre chief executive Andreas Glanzig says there is now one rabbit per hectare of land in Australia.

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Bunnies!
LSWCHP 9:18 pm 29 Dec 12

KB1971 said :

LSWCHP said :

KB1971 said :

A lot of local hunters would be quite happy to help too.

I certainly would. 🙂

My air rifle does 1000fps, quicker than a subsonic .22 but without the noise. It would be so nice to be able to wander the 1/2 a k or so up the hill from my house to pop some off. No one would be any wiser except for the fact I was carrying a rifle down the street…. 😛

Your air rifle sounds like a nice piece of kit. 🙂 Still, I prefer the subsonic .22 for walking around.

I’m going to hunt Tallaganda next week, and I have friend who has a friend near Boorowa that is overrun with bunnies at the moment. .22LR close up, .17 HMR a little further away and .204 Ruger in a Remington 700 VLS varminter at 500m. Accept no substitutes.

Vindalu 1:20 pm 28 Dec 12

I am thinking bunny very nice in a curry and very useful for wiping bears bottoms

pirate_taco 12:03 pm 28 Dec 12

I’d love to be allowed to get out there and trap a few.
Instead the solution is always to pump poisons into the ecosystem.

IrishPete 9:35 am 28 Dec 12

My kelpie (slightly X-ed), who has also accomplished little but is only about a year old and still very puppyish, is loving the wabbits, which are everywhere here in the country south east of Canberra.

She’s only caught one so far, which I had to despatch as she hadn’t got to that chapter in the “How to chase and catch rabbits” book.

Some cartoonish moments – she and old fat dog nearly clashed heads when a large bunny ran between them.

IP

dungfungus 7:57 am 28 Dec 12

deye said :

dungfungus said :

I’ll bet if the rabbits started to invade the National Arboretum there would be no amount of government money spared to get rid of them.

What do you mean if? I haven’t been there lately, but they were certainly there prior to the Arboretum.

I mean simply that there are some places in Canberra that are more sacred than others. Also, you may have seen the odd rabbit transiting the area before it became the Aboretum – it was previously a pine plantation and rabbits generally don’t infest them as forage doesn’t grow under radiata.
Are you sure that you didn’t see hares in the Aboretum area? They have been having fun eating some exotic saplings – the white cockatoos will harvest the ones that survive the hares.

deye 9:38 pm 27 Dec 12

dungfungus said :

I’ll bet if the rabbits started to invade the National Arboretum there would be no amount of government money spared to get rid of them.

What do you mean if? I haven’t been there lately, but they were certainly there prior to the Arboretum.

KB1971 8:47 pm 27 Dec 12

LSWCHP said :

KB1971 said :

A lot of local hunters would be quite happy to help too.

I certainly would. 🙂

My air rifle does 1000fps, quicker than a subsonic .22 but without the noise. It would be so nice to be able to wander the 1/2 a k or so up the hill from my house to pop some off. No one would be any wiser except for the fact I was carrying a rifle down the street…. 😛

How_Canberran 5:25 pm 27 Dec 12

dungfungus said :

The current crop of ACT politicians have no idea of the amount of damage rabbits have caused in Australia. Pity Val Jeffrey didn’t get elected as he would well remember rabbit plagues through the last century and he would have the sense to do something about them.
I’ll bet if the rabbits started to invade the National Arboretum there would be no amount of government money spared to get rid of them.

Would this feral infestation fall under the bailiwick of Lord Rattenbury? I think so, as he is also the current Baron of TAMS. A Federal Greens sanctioned method of eradication (without putting the ACT into dire hock) will be a real test of his mettle.

How Canberran.

Spykler 5:11 pm 27 Dec 12

News flash- Bunnies spotted in Crace as well..

LSWCHP 3:58 pm 27 Dec 12

KB1971 said :

A lot of local hunters would be quite happy to help too.

I certainly would. 🙂

Masquara 3:40 pm 27 Dec 12

There was a bunny “eradication” on Mt Ainslie this year – didn’t seem to dent the numbers one bit.

bubzie 3:39 pm 27 Dec 12

I find that video disturbing! *gasp*

I found a couple of bunnies just around point hut, earlier. Not sure who was more frightened!

Zan 2:53 pm 27 Dec 12

There are lots of bunnies in Murrumbateman. They run around the place all day.

dungfungus 2:07 pm 27 Dec 12

There are bad infestations at ANU (in the bushes around the Tank Theatre) and around Vernon Circle in the bushes between the Canberra Theatre and Capital Hill. There are fresh rabbit road kill pizzas there every day.
The current crop of ACT politicians have no idea of the amount of damage rabbits have caused in Australia. Pity Val Jeffrey didn’t get elected as he would well remember rabbit plagues through the last century and he would have the sense to do something about them.
I’ll bet if the rabbits started to invade the National Arboretum there would be no amount of government money spared to get rid of them.

KB1971 12:43 pm 27 Dec 12

Be nice if could trap in the local reserves such as Tuggeranong Hill. I am quite happy to take a few off their hands.

Even the air rifle would be useful and not noisily invasive to the local reserves and wont kill anything larger.

BUT I have to travel to Bombala to do these things when I could quite happily help the issue without using chemicals and poisons. A lot of local hunters would be quite happy to help too.

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