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Feral Rabbits in Australia
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PEST STATUS

European rabbits are Australia’s most widespread and destructive environmental and agricultural vertebrate pest.
Rabbits graze on native and introduced vegetation, crops and pastures. Rabbit grazing can prevent seedlings from regenerating and reduce crop yields, as well as increase competition for feed with livestock.
Rabbits damage native plants and directly compete with native wildlife for food and shelter.
Their digging and browsing leads to a loss of vegetation cover, which in turn can result in slope instability and soil erosion.
Rabbits are a significant threat to biodiversity, affecting 304 nationally threatened plant and animal species.
Rabbits also impact agricultural productivity by about $200 million a year.
AREA OF DISTRIBUTION
Rabbits are now found in all Australian states and territories. Rabbits are now found in all Australian states and territories.

PEST CONTROL OPTIONS

(1) Shooting (2) Baiting (3) Warren Fumigation (4) Warren Ripping (5) Biological (6) Exclusion Fencing


Shooting will not eradicate every rabbit. It is best used to ‘mop-up’ small numbers after warren destruction.

Shoot at the time of day when rabbits are mosy active, usually in the early morning, late afternoon or at night.


The best and most economical firearm to use is a .22 calibre rifle.


USEFUL LINKS
Feral Rabbits - Aust Govt PDF
Feral Rabbits - ACT Govt PDF
Feral Rabbit Control - Qld PDF
Rabbits in Australia WikiPedia
Feral Rabbit Pest Control PDF
Feral Rabbit Ground Shooting PDF
Feral Rabbits - Habitat, Distribution & Control PDF
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