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Wild rabbits

Wild rabbits cause significant economic losses to agriculture by damaging crops, pastures and disturbing soils leading to erosion and loss of top soil.

Control methods

  • Baiting rabbits with 1080 and Pindone poisoned carrots can quickly and effectively reduce numbers.
  • Biological controls such as myxomatosis and Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease (RHD) are also useful aids to control rabbits.
  • Biological controls should be capitalised upon by cleaning up residual populations and destroying rabbit harbour.
  • Fumigation can be an inexpensive and reasonably effective form of control.
  • Ripping of rabbit warrens is an essential follow up to the control methods listed here. It further discourages any rabbit from taking up residence at that site.
  • Explosives can be used in 'difficult to get at' areas for warren destruction.
  • Poisons and fumigants can be purchased and equipment associated with rabbit control can be hired from your Local Land Services office for a nominal fee.
RHDV K5 National Release
The Australian Government and industry is about to boost rabbit bio-control effectiveness in Australia. The RHDV K5 is the next proposed next bio-control agent to be released in the country. This release will be coordinated by the Invasive Plants and Animal Committee in consultation  with Australian Wool Innovation and Meat and Livestock Australia.
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