Rabbit plague could only be just a small hop away

LANDHOLDERS in Somerset are being encouraged to continue working with local government authorities to control rabbit populations.

Somerset Regional Council Mayor Graeme Lehmann said reports of rabbit sightings in the region had increased.

"Council is receiving more calls about known rabbit populations which we are attributing to increased awareness," Cr Lehmann said.

"Council has been actively promoting the need to manage rabbit infestations for the protection of prime agricultural land for several years now.

"What we have seen is more landholders taking a proactive step to manage known rabbit populations on their own properties and reporting these infestations to Council so our officers can assist, where possible." Dozens of property owners attended a free Rabbit Control Field Day organised by Somerset Regional Council to learn about control measures.

Council's senior pest management officer, Shane Lampard, the engagement from landholders was encouraging.

"We are seeing an increase in the number of landholders wanting to know more about controlling various pest species," he said.



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