European Feral Rabbit Control Program
Feral rabbits are considered an invasive species by the provincial Ministry of Environment. Feral rabbits (animals that have escaped from domestication and returned, partly or wholly, to their wild state) have caused severe damage in other areas around the world. These rabbits could be particularly damaging to Kelowna’s agricultural community and have already been reported as a problem on several farms in the Kelowna area.
The feral rabbit control program in Kelowna is overseen by a subcontractor.
On November 25, 2008, Council approved several bylaw changes that will:
- Prohibit the feeding of rabbits (or other animals) in parks or public spaces;
- Prohibit the sale or adoption of rabbits that have not been spayed or neutered;
- Prohibit uncontained feral or pet rabbits from occurring on private property; and
- Require property owners to clean up problem breeding sites (e.g. wood piles).