Rabbits are overrunning a residential area in greater Vancouver, BC, and a wildlife advocate has suggested many ways homeowners can discourage bunnies from destroying their gardens and landscaping that are not inhumane.
Dr. Patricia Tallman strengthened her argument by stating the fact that killing rabbits will not solve the problem, while a long-term program to prevent access to those things that attract rabbits, such as food and shelter sources will prove to be more effective.
Natasha Jones reported in the Langley Times that Dr. Tallman describes poisoning rabbits as causing “slow agonizing deaths of up to three days which is extremely cruel.” Poisons may also be hazardous to children and household pets.
Here are highlights of her article:
A more long-term humane option is to consider non-lethal control measures, she suggested. Among them, erecting an exclusion fence with one-inch wire mesh buried one foot below ground and rising two to three feet above.
However, Tallman suggested, it might be more viable to simply protect specific plants and small areas rather than the entire yard.
Place empty soda bottles or milk cartons (with bottoms cut out) over seedlings for protection, or buy plant guards.
Protect trees with commercial tree tape or surround the base with wire mesh in a cylindrical fashion with a circumference large enough so that rabbits cannot lean up against the wire mesh and nibble on the plants.
For cases where it may not be cost effective to put up fencing, consider scare devices such as Mylar tape above locations of potential damage, or pinwheels at ground level.
For more than a year, Tallman has been lobbying the Township to create wildlife corridors and to retain sufficient relief habitats so that animals displaced by development are not killed by vehicles as they search for new habitat.
The complete article includes such details as a recipe for a non-toxic spray that keeps rabbits away from plants, as well as a list of plants that rabbits are less likely to eat. To read those details, please follow this link.
Photo courtesy of Clara S.