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September 13, 2005

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Jude

I notice you have had an ongoing problem in your garden with rabbits. No Calicivirus where you live? In Australia it is rare to see a rabbit in many areas since this disease was introduced as a control measure.

Julana

"In Australia it is rare to see a rabbit in many areas since this disease was introduced as a control measure." This sounds awful to me. We have a lot of rabbits in our neighborhood, and enjoy watching them.

For some reason, there are three dead animals in close proximity on the route I drive my son to school. One is a red fox. The other two are unrecognizable. One must have died first; then the others got killed scavenging.

Anyway, sad to see.

M Sinclair Stevens

Rabbits were introduced to Australia in 1788 and resulted in an ecological disaster. Rabbits stripped vegetation in arid zones, which are slow to recover, causing soil erosion. Native flora and fauna were overrun, some to extinction. "One eighth of all mammalian species in Australia are now extinct (rabbits are the most significant known factor), and the loss of plant species is unknown even at this time." (See link for more info.)

Julana

That is fascinating. We have problems with the introduction of non-natives here, too-- plants and animals.

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