Rabbit Baiting & Control Programs
Grazing by the European Rabbit has a major impact on our environment, parks and reserves. Council’s rabbit control program aims to protect native flora, threatened species and reduce the amount of damage to grassed areas.
Rabbit activity, damage, control activities and diseases can be reported via the Rabbitscan website. This data can then be used by Council, the State Government and landholders to help guide control efforts based on locations and trends.
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/
The Hills Shire Council in conjunction with Local Land Services undertakes a rabbit baiting program within select parks and reserves.
The next rabbit baiting program will run from Tuesday 15th to Friday 18th November 2022.
Baiting will be undertaken at Bella Vista Farm, Bella Vista. The reserve will be closed to all people and their pets during the following periods:
- Midday the 15th November (Tuesday), to midday 16th November (Wednesday) 2022;
- and midday 17th November (Thursday), to midday 18th November (Friday) 2022.
The program is undertaken as per the Pesticide Control (Pindone Products) Order 2010. 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 9843 0555 for more details.