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European Rabbits

EUROPEAN RABBITS - Oryctolagus cuniculus

Rabbits first arrived in Australia with the European settlers in the 1780’s. The current rabbit plague is not thought to have started until 1859 when 24 rabbits were released into the Victorian bush for hunting.

With their ability to breed so effectively and the lack of appropriate predators, the wild rabbit population in Australia reached over two million within 10 years of being released. Numbers at that time were so high that no amount of hunting or trapping was able to make a noticeable dent on the population. This was the fastest habitat invasion by any mammal, anywhere in the world.

Environmental impact of rabbits:
•    displacing native animals
•    competing with native animals for resources, such as food, water and shelter
•    changing the chemical balance of soil with their manure, which affects the growth of native plants
•    causing soil erosion with their warren building
•    destroying young plants
•    killing seedlings and trees by ringbarking them
•    spreading weeds and increasing weed populations
•    supporting higher population numbers of cats and foxes.


How to set a cage trap  (WNRM)

Fact sheet about rabbits  (WNRM)

Rabbit bait station info  (WNRM)

European Rabbit fact sheet  (Pest Smart)

Poison baiting for rabbit control  (Pest Smart)

Using RHDV for rabbit control  (Pest Smart)

Bait delivery of RHDV  (Pest Smart)

Diffusion fumigation of rabbit warrens  (Pest Smart)

Rabbit warren destruction by ripping   (Pest Smart)

Ground shooting of rabbits  (Pest Smart)

Ground baiting of rabbits with 1080  (Pest Smart)

Model code of practice for humane rabbit control  (Pest Smart)

Rabbit control in urban and semi-urban areas  (DPIRD)

Rabbit control—bait stations  (DPIRD)

Rabbit control—1080 vs Pindone  (DPIRD)

Rabbit control—fumigation  (DPIRD)

Rabbit warren and harbourage destruction  (DPIRD)

European Rabbit  (DPIRD)

Rabbit control options  (DPIRD)

Red Card for Rabbits and Foxes website  (Red Card)