Rabbit Baiting & Control Programs
IMPORTANT PUBLIC NOTICE
Rabbit Baiting Program
Grazing by the European Rabbit has a major impact our environment. The Hills Shire Council in conjunction with Local Land Services is co-ordinating a rabbit baiting program in Council’s parks and reserves. This program aims to protect native flora, and reduce the amount of damage to grassed areas.
The program is undertaken as per the Pesticide Control (Pindone Products) Order 2010. This process involves an initial preparation period where non-poison carrot is laid. This allows measurement of the existing rabbit population. Carrots baited with Pindone will then be placed in each reserve on three evenings during the advertised period. Any uneaten Pindone will be removed the following mornings.
Reserves participating in this program are:
- Castle Hill Heritage Park, Castle Hill
- Bella Vista Farm, Bella Vista
- Equinox Road Reserve, Box Hill
This rabbit baiting program will run from Monday 9 November to Tuesday 17 November, 2020.
The reserves listed above will be closed to all people and their pets during these following periods:
- Midday 9 November (Monday), to Midday 10 November (Tuesday) 2020
- Midday 12 November (Thursday), to Midday 13 November (Friday) 2020
- Midday 16 November (Monday), to Midday 17 November (Tuesday) 2020
The pesticide is lethal to dogs and cats and if consumed can cause illness to humans. Contact your local vet or seek medical advice in the case of suspected poisoning.
Please follow directions of on-site notification signs or call council on 02 9843 0555 for more details.
You can now access a website and mobile phone app to provide the State Government with real time data on feral animal locations and trends. This information can then be used by Government and land owners to provide resources to target priority areas.
Rabbitscan is available here.
THE HILLS SHIRE COUNCIL PARTICIPATES IN THE RHDV-K5 VIRUS ANNUAL RELEASE
RABBIT OWNERS IN THE HILLS ARE URGED TO VACCINATE PET RABBITS AGAINST THE RHDV-K5 VIRUS
People with pet rabbits are encouraged to vaccinate their animals at their local vet before the planned annual release of Calicivirus, also known as Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease Virus (RHDV-K5), into the feral rabbit population in Council public reserves in October.
Run in conjunction with Greater Sydney Local Land Services the annual program aims to reduce the population of feral rabbits throughout Northern Sydney.
Feral rabbits are believed to have contributed to the decline or extinction of a number of native species in NSW and are a declared pest species under the Local Land Services Act 2013.
RHDV-K5 is a previously existing virus in the feral rabbit population which spreads through rabbit to rabbit contact and via biting insects. RHDV-K5 only affects rabbits (Oryctolagus cuniculus).
Pet rabbits can be affected. To protect your pet contact your local vet to vaccinate your rabbit.
It is recommended by the Australian Veterinary Association that pet rabbits are vaccinated as follows:
- Kittens: 4, 8, 12 weeks of age, then 6 monthly for life.
- Adults: 2 vaccinations 1 month apart, then 6 monthly for life.
For more information on protecting your pet rabbit, please visit this website: https://www.pestsmart.org.au/rhdv-k5-what-about-my-pet-rabbit/