Via King 5 News
Bunnies might seem harmless, but when hundreds are foraging, digging and defecating in a small area, the results can be hazardous.
When are cute, furry rabbits not so cute? When there are hundreds or perhaps thousands overrunning an area. These are not wild rabbits species, but the European rabbit, which is the species all pet rabbits originate from. Australia has been dealing with an overabundance of European rabbits, an invasive species on that continent, since the mid-1800s. That situation is ongoing. And this season, a city in northwest Washington is facing its own rabbit invasion.
Langley is on the south side of Whidbey Island, and it has a population of 1,035 according to the 2010 census. Thousands of other people call the island home, but in the city of Langley, it might be that the rabbit population is rivaling the human one.
The problems with so many rabbits are that they are digging holes, they are undermining building foundations and their feces are piling up — all of which create hazards for people. Some solutions have been tried without permanent success. The middle school is now considering building a fence at a cost of $60,000. But solutions for the town are still under debate. A community meeting has been set for October 7 to discuss the problem.