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Rabbit calicivirus release

Thursday 2 March 2017 A rabbit photographed at Tura Beach by Council staff.

Bega Valley Shire Council will soon commence the annual wild rabbit control program with the release of calicivirus RHDV K5, beginning Monday March 6 2017.

The control program is a joint initiative, with the NSW Department of Primary Industries and South East Local Land Services targeting strategic areas on private properties, and Bega Valley Shire Council targeting

Council reserves with large rabbit populations.

RHDV will be applied to Council reserves in Bermagui, Tathra, Tura Beach, Merimbula, Pambula Beach and Eden. The virus will spread out to surrounding areas from this initial release.

RHDV is a rabbit specific virus that affects wild and domestic rabbits. A vaccine is available for residents who own pet rabbits, and advice should be sought from local veterinarians regarding RHDV prevention and protection.

Rabbits cost the agriculture industry more than $200 million annually through lost production. They are linked to the decline of native flora and fauna, and they contribute to soil erosion.

The release of RHDV is one tool for controlling wild rabbit populations, and along with other integrated programs, it can be successful in reducing numbers.

For more information contact Council’s Vegetation Officer, Terry Thompson on 02 6499 2222.

Photograph: A rabbit photographed at Tura Beach by Council staff.

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