Rabbit rage strikes at Frederickton

Pest: A rabbit infestation is annoying Frederickton residents.

Pest: A rabbit infestation is annoying Frederickton residents.

Frederickton residents are hopping mad about a booming population of rabbits around the area. 

Michael McDonald, who lives in Cyrus Saul Circuit, said the amount of rabbits was “unbelievable”. 

“They’re pretty well rampant,” Mr McDonald said. 

Mr McDonald said the rabbits caused damage to lawns and backyards in the area, as well as constructing warrens in nearby paddocks. 

In March of this year, a Korean strain of Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease Virus, known as RHDV1 K5, was released at 550 sites around Australia, the first phase of a 20-year-long strategy aimed at cutting down Australia’s rabbit population. 

According to Pest Smart, preliminary analysis has shown a 42 per cent average reduction in rabbits at release sites.

Mr McDonald hopes that the impacts of the virus will soon be felt on the Macleay’s feral rabbit population.

“It’s getting ridiculous,” he said. 

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