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Warren woes in Parksville
After establishing an admittedly largely symbolic bylaw against feeding deer in March, Parksville city council is now wondering what to do with an abundance of rabbits.
The discussion was sparked by a petition received from Jack and Doreen Moore with 51 names asking that “laws be implemented to deal with this problem and the city cull them.”
The petition is specifically about the large population in the area of Foxtail and Ironwood avenues and Strawberry Crescent in the southwest corner of the city off Hirst Avenue, but council agreed they are common in many areas.
The petition points out the bylaw officer is unable to do anything.
Mayor Chris Burger said the issue is complicated by the fact that most of the problem is on private property, plus there could be a protected species of rabbit in the area. He said he does hear complaints, the biggest concern being digging up yards and trails and fears of a real population explosion.
There have been aggressive measures to deal with feral rabbit populations in some B.C. cities, most notably a mass removal from the University of Victoria and a cull in Kelowna.
Councillor Marc Lefebvre proposed a motion to do something about the large population, which was broadened into asking staff to report back on various options.