Rabbit Baiting & Control Programs

IMPORTANT PUBLIC NOTICE

The Hills Shire Council will be undertaking feral rabbit Pindone baiting within Council managed reserves and bushland in conjunction with Greater Sydney Local Land Services as per the Pesticide Control (Pindone Products) Order 2010.

Grazing by the European Rabbit has a major impact on our environment. The rabbit baiting program aims to protect native flora and reduce the amount of damage to grassed areas.

The program involves an initial preparation period of non-poison carrots being laid. Carrots baited with Pindone poison will then be placed in the reserve on three evenings during the advertised period. Any residual poison will be removed the following mornings.

The rabbit baiting program will run from Monday 13 May to Tuesday 18 June, 2019.

The following reserves will be closed to all people and their pets:

  • Bella Vista Farm, Bella Vista
  • Castle Hill Cemetery, Castle Hill
  • Eric Mobbs Reserve, Baulkham Hills.

During the following periods:

  • Midday Monday 13 May to Midday Tuesday 14 May, 2019
  • Midday Thursday 16 May to Midday Friday 17 May, 2019
  • Midday Monday 20 May to Midday Tuesday 21 May, 2019.

 

This 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.

 


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.



About Council's Rabbit Baiting Program

The Hills Shire Council in conjunction with Local Land Services conducts a co-ordinated rabbit baiting program in Council’s parks and reserves at select times during the year. Details of any current baiting will be advertised and also published on this page.

Grazing by the European Rabbit has a major impact on our environment. The rabbit baiting 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 poison will then be placed in each reserve on two evenings during the advertised period. Any residual carrot baits will be removed the following mornings.

For further information please feel free to contact Hills Shire Council on 02 9843 0555.

 


 

Rabbitscan

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.

 


 

What about my Pet Rabbit?

As part of an integrated pest program, The Hills Shire Council participates in the boosting of the existing RHDV virus in existing populations of wild rabbits throughout the Shire. Council also participates in the systematic release of new strains of the RHDV virus’ including the RHDV-K5.

It is important that you protect your pet rabbit from this virus. A vaccine for this virus is available at most local veterinary clinics.

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/