Rabbit Control Program
Rabbits are an introduced species, first brought to Australia with the First Fleet in 1788. Rabbits are highly adaptive and are known to occur throughout the Camden Local Government Area.
Because of their adaptability and their ability to reproduce quickly rabbits are found in large numbers in and around urban and agricultural areas over most of New South Wales.
Rabbits are considered pest animals due to their impact on natural areas and agriculture through overgrazing. In addition to grazing rabbits also outcompete native animals for food and shelter, contribute to soil erosion and attract other pests, like foxes.
Competition and grazing by rabbits is listed as a Key Threatening Process in NSW by the NSW Scientific Committee.
In recent years, trained Council staff have undertaken Pindone baiting and warren destruction in Spring Farm. Safety precautions are always put in place throughout the baiting project to ensure the safety of the community and non-target animals.
Council will continue to monitor the rabbit population in Spring Farm, and throughout the LGA, and undertake control management methods as required. Residents in close proximity to any baiting sites will always be notified with information provided directly to letterboxes, and warning signage put in place.
There are also things that residents can do to help control feral rabbits:
- House domestic rabbits in a secure cage or hutch to prevent escape;
- Desex and vaccinate your domestic rabbit against the rabbit haemorrhagic disease virus (RHDV);
- Never release or dump your pet rabbit in bushland;
- Plant native vegetation to attract native animals;
- Where appropriate, fence the perimeter of your property to stop rabbits accessing your property;
- In some cases, it may also be appropriate to place blood and bone around the property boundary as this discourages feral rabbits; and
- Do not feed feral rabbits. This can also attract other vermin and may cause animal and human health risk.
For more information contact Council’s Sustainability Team on 4654 7777.