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UVic could go rabbit free

Plan to retain 200 of the 1,600 animals infesting the campus could be scrapped

The University of Victoria, plagued for years by rabbits chewing up the campus, could be finally going bunny free. A rabbit management plan, started in September, that would see all but 200, of the 1,600 animals relocated to sanctuaries, mostly in B.C., but also one in Texas, is nearly complete. Now the university is considering going completely rabbit free. “One of the scenarios we’re kicking around is no rabbits on campus,” Tom Smith, director of facilities management, at UVic told the Victoria Times Colonist. Smith says that if the campus was completely rabbit free, it would discourage people from dropping off unwanted pets, widely believed to be the source of the original infestation. “Any rabbits would be removed and dispatched. They would be euthanized because there would be no permits in place to take them to sanctuaries.” A decision will be made by February.

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