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June 27, 2008

Cute, but not so cute…

Filed under: Commentary,Gardening,Nature watch,Views — Jocko @ 7:25 pm

Originally posted Dec. 10, 2007 and here updated.

Paranoia of the day!

There has recently been an explosion in the numbers of rabbits in the Okanagan (see Bunny Explosion) for the full story. Having the rapid spread of the Eastern Grey Squirrel on Vancouver Island, one realizes how vulnerable Pender Island is to introduced, invasive plants and animals. If you have a bunny, all precautions should be taken to ensure your lovable pet doesn’t make a breakout and end up causing even more native plants to disappear by their voracious feeding. And think what might happen to your favourite veggie and flower garden! Racoons have been spotted running around the island, so let’s hope they don’t become the kind of problem they are in some urban areas by raiding garbage cans and invading attics and crawlspaces to find harbourage and a place to reproduce.

June 2008 Update: Oh no, rabbits have been reported running loose on Gowlland Point Road. Apparently somebody has somehow let their pets free. Now residents of the area are scrambling to find ways of trapping and relocating the animals, which have an amazing reproductive capacity. If the release cannot be contained, the rabbits will become increasingly feral and no doubt make their way northward. These adorable looking creatures can wreck havoc on native vegetation and crops, and by their tunneling, damage foundations and facilitate the entry of other pests such as rats and mice. Raccoons have reportedly cornered and killed a domestic peacock on the island and they are now another pest to contend with.

1 Comment »

  1. A friend swears she saw one of these cwazy wabbits hopping in the grass next to Shingle Bay Road near the Roe Lake trailhead (T1 in the PI Handbook). If confirmed it would mean that they are on North Pender as well.

    Comment by Vortexman — July 3, 2008 @ 11:39 pm

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