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Council will be undertaking a Rabbit Control Program from Monday the 24 March to Friday 11 April 2014 (weather permitting)

Posted Thursday 13 March 2014

The program aims to strategically control feral rabbit numbers in coordination with other regional stake holders including National Parks and Wildlife Services, Sydney Harbour Federation Trust and Taronga Zoo and other Sydney North Councils.

The program will involve the use of the Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease Virus (RHDV) treated carrots. This is a recommended rabbit control technique under the Sydney North Regional Rabbit Plan 2013-2017, which was prepared by the Sydney North Feral Animal Action Group and endorsed by Mosman Council on 13 November 2012.

Domestic rabbits should be vaccinated 4 weeks before the commencement of the program. Contact your vet for more information.

The Rabbit Control Program will involve the laying of carrots in the late afternoon, starting on Friday 28 March 2014. In the first week, free feeding using ordinary chopped carrots will be laid.
Throughout the second week, Monday 7 April to Friday 11 April, chopped carrots inoculated with the rabbit specific RHD virus will be used. Any unconsumed inoculated carrot will be removed the following morning.

It is important to note that the inoculated carrots are target specific and there is no danger to humans, domestic pets and native wildlife.

Notification will be posted in the Mosman Daily on Thursday 27 February and 6 of March 2014. All local vets have been notified.

For further information please call Council on 9978 4000 or National Parks on 9960 6266.