Rabbits culled by wet season

THE wet weather so far this year will help keep feral rabbits at bay in the Tweed Shire.

Tweed Shire Council entomologist Clive Easton said heavy rain could drown the rodents in their burrows, and increased numbers of mosquitos would help spread disease.

The feral rabbit population has been fluctuating since the calicivirus was introduced to the shire.

“The population reached a peak a few years ago and the calicivirus helped reduce that, especially the population around the Casuarina area,” Mr Easton said.

He said there had been a few smaller outbreaks at Pottsville and Banora Point.

While some of the rodents have devel- oped immunity to cali- civirus, Mr Easton said it could still take out a population if the immunity wavered.

Livestock Health and Pest Authority ranger Tony Heffernan said the past 12 months had been quiet on the rabbit front on the Tweed.

“Rabbit numbers on the Tweed pale into insignificance compared to the Alstonville Plateau,” he said.

He recommended residents of urban areas who had a problem with rodents visit their local rural supplies shop.

“There are products available from rural retail outlets that people can use at their houses to keep populations under control.”



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