A housing complex in Aurora, Colorado has hired a company to trap and kill rabbits that have overrun Chateaux Town Homes. Not all of the residents are happy with the decision made by the board of the homeowners association (HOA). The controversial plan is attracting national attention, as reported on the website of KWGN-TV.
“I just think we should live and let live,” said Andre Elias, who lives near the green belt which borders the homes. “I see the coyotes out there thinning out the rabbit colony, it’s just nature’s way I guess.”
The Board is said to have already contracted a company to trap and kill the bunnies, but residents say they haven’t had much say in the process.
“We just don’t care for the fact that they want to kill the rabbits, couldn’t they just move them?” asks one resident.
We tried to get a comment from the Board, but did not get any answer at members’ doors or any return phone calls.
We did contact the Wildlife Director for the Humane Society of the U.S. who said killing the rabbits will only bring more to the colony, as others in the neighborhood will take their place. Laura Simon says the ones not found will simply produce more rabbits to keep the ‘balance of nature in the area.’
She also says, “There are types of netting to use to keep them from plants and gardens, and if you use repellents, they must be used every two weeks or they won’t be effective.”
Still, residents want the Board to disclose how much of their HOA fees are being used to trap and kill the rabbits.
“No matter how you try to eliminate the rabbits, the process will not be successful,” Simon said. “They are very prolific.”
Full details of this report are available on the KWGN website at http://kwgn.com/2012/10/01/hoas-plan-to-exterminate-rabbits-gets-national-attention-9/
Hoppington Post is surprised that the television station reporting on this situation seems not to have taken the trouble to contact the House Rabbit Society or local rabbit welfare organizations for input. Chateaux Town Homes is not the first development to have a problem with too many rabbits, and humane solutions have been found and used elsewhere. It is hoped that, with the national spotlight now shining on the housing complex, their HOA board will be open to positive suggestions for solving their rabbit overpopulation problem.
Photo by Tomi Tapio