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Old 09-30-2009, 08:26 AM
 
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Default How to get rid of rabbits?

I graduated college - I have a successful job - but I absolutely cannot get rid of the bunny rabbit living in our backyard. I honestly do not know how the rabbit gets into and out of our yard - I thought I did a great job "sealing" it off yesterday (we have a completely fenced-in yard). No holes anywhere that I can see. Yet this morning, it's right where it left off yesterday, looking at me like "you really thought that would work?"

So.....how do I get rid of this pesky little critter? Killing is not an option - I just want to make my yard so unattractive that it chooses to graze elsewhere. Traps are a last option too - I dont know if they are legal in my area, and even if they were, I wouldnt know where to dump it.

Thanks!
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Old 09-30-2009, 08:46 AM
 
Location: Warm Springs, GA
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The most likely answer is that you have 'sealed' the rabbit into your yard.

Past that call Animal control. They can safely trap it, remove it and relocate it somewhere else. Or, if they can't, they can tell you who can.
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Old 09-30-2009, 11:28 AM
 
Location: Denver
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Why is killing not an option? Rabbit is delicious and per pound it is lower in fat, lower in carbs, and higher in protein than pretty much any other meat.
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Old 09-30-2009, 12:26 PM
 
Location: Na'alehu Hawaii/Buena Vista Colorado
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What harm is the rabbit doing?

If you wait long enough, the foxes and/or coyotes in the area will get it.
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Old 09-30-2009, 12:43 PM
 
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Rabbits burrow.

Just leave it. How can you not enjoy a rabbit in the yard? They are so cute!
It is not wise to trap it yourself if you do not know what you are doing. Rabbits can really put in some damage if they want to when frightened.
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Old 09-30-2009, 01:47 PM
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Location: South Metro Denver and looking at houses
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learn to live with it.
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Old 09-30-2009, 02:03 PM
 
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You could do what we did when a family of feral cats adopted our yard... get a dog!
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Old 10-02-2009, 10:09 AM
 
Location: The 719
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I think I'd rather have a rabbit in the yard than the dog. The dog will bark all night to get into the house and will shat all over your yard and dig the yard up trying to get at the rabbit.

Go to the hispanic market or the hispanic section of the store and buy the biggest quantity of ground red pepper you can find and sprinkle that on your perimeter and lawn. It won't damage your plants but once the rabbit gets a snoot full of that pepper, ole Peter won't like it. It might drive him off.

Someone said rabbit is good eats. Yeah, that's what I thought too... I was sitting there enjoying my rabbit at Mataam Fez, then my wife said, "That looks like our cat." I couldn't eat another bite. I almost hurled right there.
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Old 10-06-2009, 09:37 AM
 
Location: Sunnyvale, CA
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Careful about handling rabbits. Prior to first days of frost, their hair and skin contain parasites that will burrow into your own skin and hair if you handle them without precautions. The parasites are killed off by the cold, so this becomes a non-issue once the winter starts.
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Old 10-06-2009, 10:05 AM
 
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I think I'd rather have a rabbit in the yard than the dog. The dog will bark all night to get into the house and will shat all over your yard and dig the yard up trying to get at the rabbit.

Go to the hispanic market or the hispanic section of the store and buy the biggest quantity of ground red pepper you can find and sprinkle that on your perimeter and lawn. It won't damage your plants but once the rabbit gets a snoot full of that pepper, ole Peter won't like it. It might drive him off.

Someone said rabbit is good eats. Yeah, that's what I thought too... I was sitting there enjoying my rabbit at Mataam Fez, then my wife said, "That looks like our cat." I couldn't eat another bite. I almost hurled right there.
That red pepper trick sure worked good in Cool Hand Luke when he was running from the lawman.....
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