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Rabbit owners are reminded to vaccinate their animals this month prior to the
national release of the new strain of Calicivirus being released to control the number
of wild rabbits.
This is the first time that Canterbury-Bankstown will be a part of the nationwide
release, led by the NSW Department of Primary Industries.
Administrator, Richard Colley, said the strain is a new improved way of reducing feral
rabbits in Sydney.
“The great thing about the Calicivirus is that it only targets rabbits and is not a threat
to people or other animals,” Mr Colley said.
Dr Michael Kidd, from Hurlstone Park Vetinary Hospital, said pet rabbit owners
should visit their local vet now to maintain a vaccination program.
“Adult rabbits should be vaccinated twice a year, while baby rabbits can receive it at
around five weeks,” he said.
“It’s important now more than ever that people who own pet rabbits keep up to date
with their vaccination program, so that if their domestic rabbit comes in contact with
the virus, mainly spread by contact between other rabbits and insects, they’re
immune,” he said.
“We’re all about saving pet rabbits here, so come and see us today if you’re unsure
or think your rabbit/s are due for theirs.”
Milperra is one of 640 areas to trial the new strain. Previously Council had some
success minimising rabbit numbers by using a number of other rabbit control
The program will occur at Newland, Keys, Vasta Dunstan, Eynham and Heritage
Reserves, from mid-February to mid-March.
For more information go to www.lls.nsw.gov.au
17/02/2017 8:54 AM