Rabbits are one of Australia’s major agricultural and environmental animal pests costing between $600 million and $1 billion annually. They compete with native animals, destroy the landscape and are a primary cause of soil erosion by preventing regeneration of native vegetation.
Rabbits have played a role in the reduced numbers and extinction of many native animals by competing for food and burrow space. In drought times rabbits climb trees to forage on the foliage and often ringbark trees in their search for moisture.
The rabbit is a Class 2 declared pest animal and is a prohibited pet in Queensland.
|Author||Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries, QLD|