the university of victoria is planning to slaughter its feral rabbit population.
they acknowledge that the problem is caused by irresponsible pet owners and even though they did a test run of non-lethal means, they seem to conclude:
"The contractor did not reach our target goal of capturing, sterilizing
and relocating 150 rabbits,” says Piskor. “This project demonstrated the
complexities involved in managing wildlife and that simply expanding
the pilot program is not likely to achieve our longer term objectives
for feral rabbit management."
many of you should be familiar with sinikka crosland' TRACS which showed the city of kelowna how the job should be done:http://www.tracs-bc.ca/bunkelowna.html
sinikka set a whole city a-hopping!
well that's just what kathleen is trying to do at uvic:http://uvicbunnies.org/index.html
we can help her by:
1) signing the petition:http://www.thepetitionsite.com/13/stop-slaughter-of-u-of-victoria-r...
(caroline, the petition creator has informed me that it has been closed for forwarding)
2) writing to the administration:http://uvicbunnies.org/whattodo.html
3) spreading the word - a worldwide response is good because it shows who is watching!