Parks Canada is setting live traps to capture rabbits that have been seen in Banff, Alberta recently. It is believed they migrated from the town of Canmore, 25 kilometers away, where a rabbit population explosion resulted from a few pets being dumped. We learned about this in a report by Cathy Ellis in the Calgary Herald…
“We just want to get on top of it before it becomes a problem like Canmore has,” said Blair Fyton, a Parks Canada human-wildlife conflict specialist in Banff National Park. “If we can deal with this in the initial stages, then it will be a lot easier than dealing with multiple rabbits on the landscape – and a lot cheaper.”
There have been half a dozen to a dozen sightings of rabbits in the 200 and 300 blocks of Muskrat Street and Beaver Street in the past couple of weeks. There are no estimates on how many rabbits are on the loose, as it may be the same one or two rabbits seen several times.
Under an interim agreement with the Town of Banff, Parks Canada set two live traps on private property in that neighbourhood with the permission of property owners, but so far has had no luck in catching any rabbits.
Lettuce and carrots were used to try to lure the rabbits into the traps, but trapping has been temporarily suspended because rabbits seem to prefer the green vegetation in town.
“We’re going to give it a bit of a break and try again once the vegetation dies off,” Fyton said. “There’s just so much vegetation for them to eat that we’re having trouble attracting them.”
Tony Clark, the Town of Banff’s Bylaw Services supervisor, said he believes the rabbits are escaped pets from one or possibly two residential properties in that area of town.
He said the town plans to visit some homes to talk to rabbit owners.
“There is a resident or maybe more that do have pet rabbits, and we could possibly be dealing with a case of pet rabbits getting out from time to time,” he said.
You can read the complete article online at http://www.edmontonjournal.com/travel/Banff+sets+live+traps+hoping+avoid+bunny+population/7241400/story.html
We are pleased that Banff seems to be taking a humane approach to solving the problem by using live traps and hoping to find adoptive homes for the rabbits. The problem, of course, is caused by humans who got pet rabbits before learning enough about them. Hoppington Post urges our readers to continue their efforts to spread the word that rabbits do make good pets for some families, but not for others.