Kelowna’s rabbit population multiplies – CTV BC

Article credit and link to original: Published Friday, March 21, 2008 6:51PM PDT

Residents in Kelowna are in disagreement over how to handle a surge in the rabbit population.

Rabbits in the area are multiplying quickly and becoming a pest, according to some.

Female rabbits give birth to as many as seven babies every 31 days.

“You can’t drive to work in the morning without running over one the odd time,” said Daren Korluk, a local resident.

Paul Bingham, a local farmer, says they are European rabbits.

“European rabbits should be considered the same as rats and mice,” he said. “They’re vermin.”

But some people disagree.

“Culled? No. Definitely not,” said Kyle, another local resident.

“We don’t want to be known as the bunny killing fields here,” said one woman, who wants to help save the rabbits.

Which is why she, and others, arm themselves with nets, before sneaking up on the animals in the hope of saving them.

The group of volunteers catches the rabbits and releases them about 30 kilometres from the city limits.

“We’ll take them to the vet, have them spayed or neutered,” said Sinikka Crosland of the Responsible Animal Care Society. “So any bunny released onto that acreage will be spayed or neutered.”

The veterinary fees for each rabbit are between $30 to $40.

But until residents and the city decide how to handle the problem, the fate of each rabbit rests in whoever spots one first.


With a report from CTV British Columbia’s Sarah Galashan

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