A North Dakota neighborhood is under attack, and not by any conventional enemy. This attacker devours gardens, lawns, even trees—and comes every day en masse. The giant jackrabbit has taken over a South Fargo, ND neighborhood. Herds of 50 or more regularly run through the town like fuzzy vandals, and are leaving residents at a loss when it comes to what to do about the marauding bunnies.
“Every day, I feel like the crazy rabbit lady chasing them out of the yard where they’re having a hay day,” area resident Kayla Straabe told ABC News.
The rabbits appear to be multiplying like, well… rabbits. And since they showed up in December, they are wreaking havoc through the neighborhood. Local animal control officials say there is nothing they can do since the rabbits are considered to be wild animals. However, animal control did tell Straube she could poison them. Shocked, Straube said, “’I was told we should poison them, which I will absolutely not do,’ Straabe told ABC News.
“It’s been about three months of them. Right away I thought they were really cute and now they’re becoming a big nuisance and everyday I wake up and I open up the windows to see how many rabbits there are in my yard and there’s at least 40 to 50 everyday,” Straube said.
According to the University of California, the jackrabbit is about as large as a house cat and weighs up to nine pounds. “The breeding season for jackrabbits runs from late January through August, although breeding is possible during any month of the year where winters are mild. Litters average between two to three young, and jackrabbits can have as many as five to six litters per year. Young jackrabbits are born fully furred and with their eyes open. Within a day they can move about quite rapidly,” the website says.
The site also encourages those who are experiencing jackrabbit damage to fence the area, use trunk guards on trees, trap the animals (if legal), use repellents such as “putrescent egg solids” (rotten eggs) and brush control to keep rabbits out of the area. Noise makers and flashing lights also work.