Drumheller is taking the lead in controlling feral rabbit populations growing in the valley.
In recent years, the feral rabbit population in Drumheller has skyrocketed, especially in the campgrounds.
As a way to prevent further populating the land, the Town of Drumheller has decided to hire a contract veterinarian from the University of Saskatchewan (UofS) Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon.
With an 85% success rate, veterinarian Dr. Will E. Wang has decided to bring in a technique used in provincial campgrounds across Saskatchewan as a short term solution.
The public has been asked to help keep the population under control by using this tested technique.
Wang has stumbled upon using a small contraceptive for the males to reduce birth rates amongst the tiny critters.
“The public must catch and apply the contraceptive device directly onto the external genitals,” said Dr. Wang.
In order to catch the rabbits, you must first spray the area with apple cider vinegar then leave chamomile tea soaked lettuce or other vegetables to lure them in.
“The chamomile tea acts as a relaxant and calms nerves that may arise when approached by a human,” said Dr. Wang.
“It basically subdues them enough to catch them without having a big fight.”
Once the rabbit has been caught, the trapper must identify whether it is a male or female.
If female, release immediately but if male (shows testicles), apply the device onto the external area.
“If you are completely unsure of its sex, put them in a cage of some sort and send them to the vet clinic for verification,” said Dr. Wang.
“We can take it from there.”
The contraceptive is designed to last the entire breeding period and will eventually fall off and fully decompose within one year.
The town is in the process of making arrangements with over five local businesses who will stock these items.
Councillor Jay Garbutt will be leading an open forum during the next council meeting on Monday, April 3 to voice your questions and concerns. If you are unable to attend, you can forward your concerns to GOTCHA@drumhellermail.com
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