Story: South Canterbury region

Dealing with rabbits

By the late 1980s, the Mackenzie Country and Central Otago were overrun with rabbits. They damaged pasture and reduced stocking ratios. This clip highlights the extent of the problem. Traditional culling methods proved ineffective and in 1997 some farmers illegally released the calicivirus disease, fatal to rabbits, into the district.

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John Wilson. 'South Canterbury region - Climate, vegetation and wildlife', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, updated 14-May-13
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