Can I poison rabbits?

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  1. mountainwmn

    mountainwmn Well-Known Member

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    My neighbor has a buried but rotted through metal pipe in his yard, and the rabbits are ridiculous. They ate my entire garden, the fruit trees, my raspberries, and all the decorative bushes and stuff in the yard. I can't shoot them, I haven't been able to get quite close enough to smack them with a shovel, and live traps are too difficult to dispose of the rabbit inside. Can I get some poison to kill the little buggers, or what can I do?
     
  2. linn

    linn Well-Known Member Supporter

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    If you poison the rabbits, then any animal that eats one may die also. Our cats and dogs take care of any rabbits around here.
     

  3. mountainwmn

    mountainwmn Well-Known Member

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    I don't think anything is eating them, no stray cats or loose dogs, and I counted 14 of them in my back yard last night, and thats just what I could see from outside my window.
     
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    If you don't have cats or dogs loose you could use #110 conibear traps. That would be far more humane than poison. If you do have cats and dogs in the area I wouldn't because the conibears could easily kill someone's cat or small dog.

    Set the trap in a tunnel where the rabbit would go to hide. You could compost the rabbits.
     
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    wolffeathers Well-Known Member Supporter

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    If you use livetraps, is there anyone around that would take care of them for you? I know our neighbor gladly takes any wild rabbits off our hands(he eats them).
     
  6. NewGround

    NewGround Single Hillbilly

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    You could put the rabbits in the freezer (live traps). That way your garden loss wouldn't be a total one...
     
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    Tou are talking about throwing away perfectly good food here!

    Trap them, break their necks, skin, gut, and eat them.
     
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    A $.50 bottle of cinnamon in a blender of water, sprayed all over will make 'em stop eating your plants.
     
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    What state do you live in? Some County Extension offices will help with excess wildlife. I assume you live in a city so can't shoot them. A pump pellet gun is quiet and lethal. Just dont' talk about it. Oras suggested, herd them into live traps and a 5 gallon bucket of water.
     
  11. EasyDay

    EasyDay Gimme a YAAAAY!

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    How hard is it to dispose of a live rabbit? You don't have to kill it, just drive down the road a ways and open the cage.

    I presume you can't shoot them because of the proximity of other bldgs, etc.?

    Honestly, poisoning any wildlife should be an absolute last resort... and I don't think you've tried everything yet... just gave reasons why you can't.
    As others have pointed out, when you use poison, not only is it an agonizing, torturous death for the animal, but anything that eats that animal (alive or dead) will be poisoned, and on to the next animal, etc.
     
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    fishhead Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Around here an explosion of cottontails is followed by an owl setting up shop for a couple of weeks until they're all gone.
     
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    There you go, just make them someone else's problem. :rolleyes:
     
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    Actually, not really. Rabbits depend mostly on knowing their environment really, really well. That way they don't have to think about where to run. Rabbit hunters know that a rabbit always runs in a circle, they are staying to their known trails and heading along them back to their established burrows.

    New place = no known trails or burrows = easy meal for anything that eats rabbit. And EVERYTHING eats rabbit because rabbit is GOOD!

    Not sure why the OP isn't eating them. But, if you want rid of them with no fuss on your part, go here; http://americanbeagler.huntingboards.com/index.php
    And write a post saying you have cotton tails to trap, buyer supplies the traps and picks up the rabbits. Someone will want them to turn loose on their place.
     
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    RedTartan Icelandic Sheep Supporter

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    Put an ad on craigslist offering to let someone put some live traps in your yard. They can come by daily/every other day to pick up the bunnies and take them away for eating. There are people hurting for food right now. What if you poisoned a rabbit and then some poor person ate it before it died?
     
  16. mountainwmn

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    I have to say that I didn't think of eating them because I didn't like wild rabbit when I tried it before. It never even occured to me that someone else might want to! I cant get to their tunnels because they are on the neighbors property. Its not city here, but yards are small and the neighbors are close. Thank you all, I'm going to try that link and craigslist and see if I can find someone that will eat them!
     
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    I've found that Havahart live traps work great for keeping pack rats (our local main pest) nice and calm until Mr. Pellet Pump Rifle takes care of them with a point-blank head shot. With rabbits, that'd be my solution if you can't find anyone to take them live for food. For a while, a neighbor shuttled our live rats-in-a-trap to a wildlife rehabber (for raptor food); probably not possible in this case since bunnies have hunting seasons and such.
     
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  18. EasyDay

    EasyDay Gimme a YAAAAY!

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    HAH! Rabbits? No.
     
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    Your neighbors have cats and dogs. If you're worried about rabbits getting into your garden, FENCE IT! Duh! Or get a dog that likes to chase rabbits. Using poison is not the solution.......
     
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    They hate eggplant (chickens do too)........Do ya like eggplant?? :grin:

    Poisoning them is just cruel and wrong. Either find someone who wants them or shoot them or trap them. Drowning is kinder than poisoning..

    Rabbit is really really REALLY yummy :happy0035: