Eradication of rabbits from landscape scale exclosures: pipedream or possibility?
Article first published online: 28 MAR 2011
© 2011 Ecological Society of Australia
Ecological Management & Restoration
Volume 12, Issue 1, pages 46–53, April 2011
How to Cite
Read, J. L., Moseby, K. E., Briffa, J., Kilpatrick, A. D. and Freeman, A. (2011), Eradication of rabbits from landscape scale exclosures: pipedream or possibility?. Ecological Management & Restoration, 12: 46–53. doi: 10.1111/j.1442-8903.2011.00567.x
- Issue published online: 28 MAR 2011
- Article first published online: 28 MAR 2011
- Australian arid zone;
- European rabbit;
- non-target impacts;
- optimum techniques;
Summary High densities of the European Rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus) were eradicated from 60 km2 of the Arid Recovery Reserve between 1996 and 2001. Eradication was possible due to an initial knockdown caused by rabbit haemorrhagic disease, followed by effective exclusion fencing, broadscale poison baiting, targeted shooting, warren destruction and trapping on rabbit burrows and buckheaps. The efficacy of different broadscale control and intensive rabbit eradication techniques was subsequently estimated in a 26 km2 expansion to the Reserve from 2002 to 2006. Non-target implications of these control techniques were also assessed where possible. An estimated 8000 rabbits were removed in total from both areas and results suggest that rabbit eradication is possible at a landscape scale. Strategies for eliminating rabbits from confined areas are suggested.