In Australiarabbits are a serious mammalian pest and invasive species. They were introduced in the 18th century with the First Fleet, and became widespread after an outbreak caused by an 1859 release. Rabbits cause millions of dollars of damage to crops. Various methods in the 20th century have been attempted to control the population. Conventional methods include shooting and destruction of warrens, but these had only limited success. In 1907, a rabbit-proof fence was built in western Australia in an attempt to contain the rabbits. The Myxoma virus, which causes myxomatosis, was introduced into the rabbit population in the 1950s, and had the effect of severely reducing the rabbit population.

6 thoughts on “Australia lacked rabbits…but now they are invasive

    1. yeah rabbit is an adorable creature..because of their invasive population they are making threat for people…here in asia rabbits are not too much enormous…and people use to have them as pet 🙂

  1. Do you see ‘myxi years’ as we do in Britain? Oryctolagus cuniculus isn’t native here either, but it’s been here for hundreds of years (introduced for meat farming, soon naturalised itself) and we’ll never get rid. Farmers say that 6 rabbits eat as much as one sheep. Myxi is cruel but we’ll never be rid of that either.

    I blogged about rabbit shooting http://argylesock.wordpress.com/2012/10/17/rabbit-hunting/ and I’ve had wild rabbits shot for me.

    1. yeah you are right..most of times..such animals are introduced without knowing their bad effects..justlike these rabbits creating problem now..

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