Red tape puts uVic rabbit-capture program on hold

February 16, 2010

A University of Victoria pilot project aimed at reducing the feral rabbit population on campus is temporarily on hold while the university seeks permits from BC's environment ministry in order to hold captured rabbits for more than 24 hours. The facility where the rabbits are to be held and the vehicle in which they are to be transported also require inspection before any animals are captured. While a uVic official is confident the school will receive the permits, he notes that timing is important as the rabbit mating season approaches. There are an estimated 1,000 to 1,500 rabbits on campus, most of which are descendants of pets abandoned by owners. Victoria Times-Colonist