The rabbits at
? There is a common misconception that rabbits are better off in the wild and will live a happy full life after being released into the park.
Unfortunately, these rabbits will face many dangers and will only live for a short time in this environment. They are preyed upon by predators, maimed by dogs, contract parasites and diseases, suffer the elements, get hit by cars, and the list goes on.
? Another commonly held belief is that feral rabbits will readily welcome new rabbits into their family groups. The truth is, rabbits have a very strict hierarchy and are very territorial. They do not accept outsiders readily and will defend their area. Fights and injury from these domestic disputes are common.
? While they may be enjoyable to watch and seem harmless, the rabbit population causes destruction to the park. They harm plant life, dig up the grass and make underground tunnels called burrows. These burrows damage the roots of plants and trees often causing them to die. The holes of the burrows also pose as a trip hazard to park users. Without the shelter and food that this vegetation provides, native wildlife species including songbirds, chorus frogs and chipmunks, will perish or move to another area that can sustain them. This damage also uses up valuable financial resources that are spent fixing the park.
? To help ensure the safety of these rabbits and the protection of the park we are working with Rabbit Meadow Sanctuary to trap and relocate them. They will be moved to a large enclosed outdoor space that is safe from predators and the dangers that they face in the park. We request your cooperation in solving this situation.
What Can You Do?
? Thank you for your help in making sure these rabbits are treated with compassion and respect and ensuring that Woodland Park and Greenlake will remain a beautiful and enjoyable park for future visitors.
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Last Updated Feb. 1,2007