Rabbit overpopulation has become such a problem in Tasmania, Australia, that poison is being used to kill them, and residents are outraged as a result. The bad news is that they are not angry about killing rabbits, but because the poison may kill other wildlife. Here are highlights of the article, as reported by Jennifer Crawley in the Mercury.
Rob Bourke, of Four Mile Creek, near St Marys, said residents had aired concerns about the baiting program with the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment.
“Pindone is non-discriminatory — it kills absolutely everything,” Mr Bourke said.
“We are incensed and can’t even comprehend that they would allow this to go ahead.”
Three properties, including Mr Bourke’s, are registered with the Land for Wildlife program.
DPIPWE invasive species branch manager Craig Elliott said rabbits were vermin and the department supported landowners who were active in controlling the pest.
Mr Elliott confirmed DPIPWE had received a permit application for the use of Pindone from a Four Mile Creek property owner.
He said department inspectors had discovered evidence that rabbits were in the area.
“While we understand the concerns of neighbouring property owners about the use of Pindone, it is the most appropriate method of controlling rabbits in this instance,” he said.
Landowners are trained how to use baits and a DPIPWE officer oversees the initial baiting program.
Mr Elliott said landowners were required to remove any carcasses found on their properties.
“The timing of feeding and the manner in which the rabbits feed usually means that there will be very little, if any, feed available for other animals,” he said.
Landowners are required to notify neighbours before baiting operations.
Mr Bourke said rabbits had not been a problem on his property.
If you would like to read the full article, please go to http://www.themercury.com.au/article/2013/02/20/372748_tasmania-news.html
The Hoppington Post is unhappy that a more humane solution to this rabbit problem was not chosen. In other areas around the world, rescue groups have stepped in to offer trap, neuter and re-home programs that are not only less brutal, but they also pose no threat to other native wildlife.
Photo by J.J. Harrison