Rabbits are an introduced species that harm our natural environment. Council has a management program to ensure populations do not get out of control.

The European rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus) causes significant harm by preventing the growth of vegetation through browsing and erosion caused by their burrows.

Rabbit outdoors

Pest rabbit control program

Our program includes:

  • facilitating trapping, warren fumigation, rabbit detection dogs, habitat modification, harbour removal and shooting and baiting where appropriate
  • production of educational material.

Pest animal management is difficult in urban areas but we employ all available methods where we can.

What can residents do?

  • reduce weed cover
  • plant native vegetation to attract native animals
  • fence your property
  • do not feed rabbits
  • house domestic rabbits to prevent them escaping
  • never release or allow domestic rabbits to roam your property.

Reporting rabbits

We do not require sightings to be reported.