Tag Archives: rabbit

Warren and harbour destruction

Introduction A strategic rabbit control program that features warren and harbour destruction is the most cost-effective way to reduce rabbit populations and prevent ongoing damage, particularly when applied over large, semi-arid areas. Rabbits can survive by building extensive underground warrens or using above-ground shelter, such as lantana or blackberry bushes. With good planning and coordination, […]

Poison baiting for rabbit control

Introduction Poison baiting is often a logical first step in an integrated program of rabbit management. However, if used alone, baiting provides only short-term control and is therefore best used as a means of reducing rabbit numbers before carrying out other controls such as warren destruction1. In some situations baiting may be the only immediately feasible solution to a problem, such as […]

Feral Photos 2011

These images were entries in the first-ever Invasive Animals CRC’s Feral Photos photography competition held in 2011. The competition was initiated to help improve levels of awareness among members of the community, who have observed the presence of pest animals in their environment. The photos illustrate the significant diversity of pests we have in Australia and […]

PestSmart DVD: Guide to Practical Pest Animal Management

A two-disc DVD set of practical instructions on a range of pest animal control methods, new products and monitoring techniques for land and pest animal managers. These instructional clips can also be found online at www.youtube.com/PestSmart. The techniques and products used are relevant to production and biodiversity based vertebrate pest control management programs. The views […]

Rabbit legislation in Australia

Introduction Wild European rabbits are one of Australia’s most widely distributed and abundant pest animal species. They cause severe damage to the natural environment as well as to agricultural production areas. Controlling rabbits is often difficult because of the large areas that need to be treated, issues with coordination of broadscale control programs and the […]

Economic and environmental impacts of rabbits in Australia

Introduction The European rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus) is a serious environmental and agricultural pest throughout Australia. Rabbits can have considerable impacts on farm productivity and native ecosystems, leading to financial loss and environmental devastation1. The community also suffers indirectly, as they might pay higher prices for rabbit-affected commodities (such as wool)2 or bear the loss of ecosystem services at the catchment scale3. Many of these […]

Using RHDV for rabbit control

Introduction Rabbit haemorrhagic disease (RHD), previously known as calicivirus or rabbit calicivirus disease (RCD), has been highly effective in reducing rabbit populations across most of Australia. The virus that causes RHD (called rabbit haemorrhagic disease virus or RHDV) is spread through rabbit-to-rabbit contact and by insect carriers (eg flies and mosquitoes). In arid and semi-arid […]

Workshop proceedings: Improving the efficiency of rabbit eradications on islands

Rabbits (Oryctolagus cuniculus) have been nominated as among ‘100 of the world’s worst’ invaders (Global Invasive Species Database 2009), in recognition of their extensive damage to biodiversity and difficulty to eradicate. The Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre hosted an international workshop in February 2010 to share and progress knowledge and experience of rabbit eradications, particularly […]

The Tarbaby Technique for poisoning rabbits in Kinchega National Park, Menindee, NSW

Rabbit warrens in a 4000 ha study site on Kinchega National Park, Menindee, in semiarid western NSW, were plotted onto aerial photographs. The warrens were distributed over five habitats characterized by soil type and vegetation associations. The 400 warrens found were used to assess the “Tarbaby” (poison 1080 made into a sticky mixture) method of […]

The mongoose in Australia: failed introduction of a biological control agent

We reviewed historical literature and obtained nearly 200 records of the mongoose in Australia up to 1942. Although the earliest importations (from 1855) were for its snake-killing prowess, often as entertainment, its perceived potential as a control agent for the European rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus) plague saw concerted introductions made in New South Wales, Victoria and […]