I have recently become aware of a situation, have been following it vicariously on a facebook rabbit group, but with much interest. This is of concern to any rabbit breeders in the state, and possibly other states. First, let me say, our game department here does not have the most stellar history, and between past debacles and continued low pay, they don't attract the best candidates. They aren't the friendly, nice, hard working game wardens of old, that were always ready to engage and educate, WHILE protecting wildlife resources. More like robo-cop, at best, and in other cases, leaning toward henchmen for third world leaders. After the scandal where some of the head guys thought it would be a good idea to take an African Safari on the public dime, they have had a serious image problem. So the incident, as best as I can determine, stemmed from an individual that attempted to import wild European rabbits into the state. He was denied, (as he probably should be) and when he asked upon what grounds, he was cited some administrative code. The code pretty much gives the game agency the discretion to deny entry or require a permit for many animals, listed by taxonomical name. Included in this list is the wild European rabbit, whose taxonomical name Oryctolagus cuniculus, happens to be the same as our domestic rabbits. Making perfect sense, as it is the ancestor of domestic rabbits. The person wanting to bring in wild europeans, brought this to the involved officers attention, stating that there are all kinds of people, that in fact, possess oryctolagus cuniculus, in this state. The warden asked for a list of these people and the person obliged, (foolishly, if you ask me). On this list was a person of which I am acquainted, in a roundabout way, but I have become more acquainted as this story has unfolded. The warden, sent a letter to this rabbit owner, and told her she would need to either euthanize or sell her rabbits to a state where rabbits were "legal". She was obviously taken aback and quite upset. Thank goodness she began consulting other rabbit breeders in the state, when he called back to check on her progress in following his "orders" she informed him of the administrative code section he missed, preceding the one he cited, that exempts domestic rabbits from the list of exotics and non natives. At this point, he sounds like he got a little snotty with her, and he informed her that they are having a meeting next week amending parts of administrative code, and he is going to see to it, that her rabbits will be outlawed at that time. (effective in June) After some checking, (I have seen copies of the letter he sent, and recognize his name as a high ranking LEO with the department) he is not bluffing, he is a member of the group that makes those changes. According to the department website, rabbits are not slated to be discussed, although there are some clarifications slated to be made to the very same list, regarding red fox used as pets or in fur farms. I get the impression, given my knowledge of our game officials and their propensity to not be the most upright of people, that this guy is basically just being a jerk, throwing around his authority, and lack of taxonomical understanding, and crushing all who wish to defy him. I will admit, I do not know the entire story, there might be more involved to this story. She might have told the guy he couldn't deer hunt on her property or come visit while her husband was at work, and the way these guys roll, that would make an enemy. I think the more likely situation, is that the guy is clueless, and now he is ticked off that someone would question his authority. He honestly must not be aware of how many people have rabbits. Sounds like a prime candidate for a Walmart security guard to me. ARBA has been notified, and the person who talked to them indicated that they were aware of our states zeal to prevent the next Australian rabbit plague, (not likely, the predator loads I see, you are lucky to raise them IN cages). They are prepared with a team of lawyers, in case things come to that. I will keep an eye on the proposed meeting agendas, and follow this stuff and post any new information here. Seriously though, after waiting to see what comes of this, I really hope that this person follows the advice given to make this guy super famous. With all of the potential violations out there, why go all Elmer Fudd? What a joke.