A worthy opponent
Sporting Gun|October 2020
A worthy opponent
Piecemeal control will not work with the redoubtable rabbit
Ed Cook

The European rabbit is in the top 10 of invasive species around the world. This is quite an achievement for such an innocent-looking creature. Despite this, they remain vastly underestimated.

I have pretty much dedicated my life to controlling rabbits in a wide range of environments across the UK and beyond. I have a lot of admiration for the creature; it’s had everything thrown at it, from a variety of control methods to man-made diseases, yet it still comes back for more. It has contributed to the demise of other species and re-landscaped countless swathes of land. I have said this before, but based on first-hand experience I cannot help but think they would be the only species to survive a nuclear bomb – other than cockroaches, of course.



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October 2020