Rabbits cause widespread degradation to all aspects of the environment: commercial land-based activities as well as native vegetation. Past rabbit control efforts have either been too large for individuals to achieve any worthwhile results and thereby reducing incentives for future participation or too localised to achieve any significant long term results. In devising an alternative rabbit control strategy, the South-West Rabbit Control Group decided to combine the technique of large scale warren destruction with the release of the rabbit calicivirus disease (RCD) in order to ensure maximum impact and cost-effectiveness. With the joint impact of these factors, the program has been successful in both significantly reducing rabbit numbers and minimising costs.
|Author||South-West Rabbit Control Group|
|Publisher||Department of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Forestry|