Deadly rabbit virus to be released

OWNERS of pet rabbits are being urged to have their animals inoculated against rabbit haemorrhagic disease (RHD) ahead of Shoalhaven City Council’s planned release of the virus in March.

Council, in conjunction with South East Local Land Services, will target localities throughout the Shoalhaven to tackle reported increases in rabbit numbers, releasing the virus in the week beginning March 17.

Director of Assets and Works Ben Stewart said the RHD virus was an effective method of reducing rabbit populations.

“Council will be releasing the virus through treated carrots, with the disease expected to spread throughout the rabbit population through direct rabbit to rabbit contact, as well as through the action of fleas and insects,” Mr Stewart said.

Mr Stewart said domestic rabbits were susceptible to the disease.

The release is scheduled to occur in the following locations: Bawley Point, Bomaderry, Burrill Lake, Callala, Culburra Beach, Dolphin Point, Hyams Beach, Lake Tabourie, Mollymook, Sanctuary Point, Shoalhaven Heads, Tomerong and Ulladulla.

Residents who want more information should contact council on 4429 3111.

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