In­flux of rab­bits not so sweet

Kapi-Mana News - - FAMILY/NEWS -

Has Easter’s prox­im­ity brought the rab­bits out to play?

That’s the ques­tion pon­dered by some Porirua res­i­dents who be­lieve there has been an in­crease in the num­ber of rab­bits oc­cu­py­ing the cen­tral strip of land on State High­way 1, be­tween the Pare­mata round­about and Whit­ford Brown in­ter­sec­tion.

The num­ber of them killed on the road has also risen, Pa­pakowhai res­i­dent Kei­tha Kee­gan says.

She has seen rab­bits there for ‘‘a good six months . . . and they are spread­ing’’.

She says she counted more than 30 on one oc­ca­sion re­cently.

But the re­gional coun­cil and New Zealand Trans­port Agency say it is noth­ing un­usual.

There was a re­cent in­spec­tion of the land which de­ter­mined the rab­bit pop­u­la­tion wasn’t out of con­trol and a cull was not nec­es­sary.

NZTA op­er­a­tions man­ager Mark Owen says they will keep an eye on the sit­u­a­tion and be­lieves mo­torists are used to see­ing pos­sums, hedge­hogs and rab­bits around the re­gion’s roads.

‘‘While it’s fine for drivers to take ac­tion to safely avoid hit­ting an­i­mals on the road, we urge mo­torists not to do any­thing rash that could en­dan­ger the safety of them­selves or oth­ers, such as sw­eve into the path of other mo­torists or haz­ards,’’ Mr Owen says.

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