Farm Management

Management of European rabbits

Image Credit: James Doube

Image Credit: James Doube

European rabbits are Australia’s most widespread and destructive environmental and agricultural vertebrate pest.

Rabbits graze on native and introduced vegetation, crops and pastures. Rabbit grazing can prevent seedlings from regenerating and reduce crop yields, as well as increase competition for feed with livestock. Rabbits damage native plants and directly compete with native wildlife for food and shelter. Their digging and browsing leads to a loss of vegetation cover, which in turn can result in slope instability and soil erosion.

To view videos, case studies, reports and steps for best practice rabbit management visit: http://www.pestsmart.org.au/pest-animal-species/european-rabbit/

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