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Spotted a bunny in my backyard; neighbor reports also seeing one...
Posted by: PeterB
Date: July 25, 2021 03:51PM
... but not the same one. She said she saw a fairly large white one, the one I saw was medium sized and brown with a small bit of white on the head. Clearly didn't want to be close to me, but also not super-scared; hopped away at a medium pace, nibbling on weeds in my alleyway, maybe headed under the house.

Anyone want to place bets on if these are escaped pets and/or the offspring of escaped pets/a new wild population? (In NOLA, anything is possible ... we have lots of escaped snakes, and in my particular neighborhood, two peacocks that roam freely and have essentially become neighborhood pets.)

Oh, and should I try to trap; and if so, how? (I think I have a hav-a-hart trap, but I don't think it's large enough for a rabbit, I got it to try to catch escaped hamsters, but it's too big for them, more intended for something the size of a large rat.)




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Re: Spotted a bunny in my backyard; neighbor reports also seeing one...
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: July 25, 2021 03:52PM
....is it a......Playboy....bunny.....??



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Re: Spotted a bunny in my backyard; neighbor reports also seeing one...
Posted by: PeterB
Date: July 25, 2021 04:04PM
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....is it a......Playboy....bunny.....??

Not with my luck.

Oh and I should also mention ... the fact that my next-door neighbor and I spotted these two different bunnies within a day of each other, that's what's leading me to think that someone's pets have escaped. Hopefully they're spayed/neutered, otherwise they'll breed like, well... you know.




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Re: Spotted a bunny in my backyard; neighbor reports also seeing one...
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: July 25, 2021 04:27PM
Pet buns are very rarely neutered. You’re gonna have a bunpocalypse…
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Re: Spotted a bunny in my backyard; neighbor reports also seeing one...
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: July 25, 2021 04:30PM
....so a bun....in the bunny oven.....????



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Re: Spotted a bunny in my backyard; neighbor reports also seeing one...
Posted by: Acer
Date: July 25, 2021 04:48PM
Native bunnies don't come in white, at least not in Louisiana. They are on the lamb.



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Re: Spotted a bunny in my backyard; neighbor reports also seeing one...
Posted by: Steve G.
Date: July 25, 2021 04:55PM
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Native bunnies don't come in white, at least not in Louisiana. They are on the lamb.



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Re: Spotted a bunny in my backyard; neighbor reports also seeing one...
Posted by: AllGold
Date: July 25, 2021 05:25PM
There are albino mutations in almost all animals so it's possible but very unlikely to be natural.

If you trap them, then what? I would just leave them alone.



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Re: Spotted a bunny in my backyard; neighbor reports also seeing one...
Posted by: PeterB
Date: July 25, 2021 05:40PM
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cbelt3
Pet buns are very rarely neutered. You’re gonna have a bunpocalypse…

That's what I'm worried about.

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Native bunnies don't come in white, at least not in Louisiana. They are on the lamb.

Since I didn't personally see the white one, I can't vouch for it -- but I forgot to mention in my original post that, after my next door neighbor reported seeing the white one, someone else in our neighborhood, but several blocks away, also reported seeing a white one. What's the chance that it's the exact same escapee rabbit? Methinks we may be having a problem...

Edit: the one I saw looked like a swamp rabbit, incredibly cute. [en.wikipedia.org] ... but I presume that these can interbreed with pet rabbits?

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There are albino mutations in almost all animals so it's possible but very unlikely to be natural.

If you trap them, then what? I would just leave them alone.

Well if they're someone's pets, they might want them back...

And yes, I realize that white is not natural for Louisiana, but that's why I brought up the issue if they could be escapees, or the offspring of escapees...




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Re: Spotted a bunny in my backyard; neighbor reports also seeing one...
Posted by: space-time
Date: July 25, 2021 08:14PM
Trap and fire the grill. Free dinner.
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Re: Spotted a bunny in my backyard; neighbor reports also seeing one...
Posted by: mrbigstuff
Date: July 25, 2021 08:34PM
There are 10,000 bunnies in my neighborhood, and I live in a city.
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Re: Spotted a bunny in my backyard; neighbor reports also seeing one...
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: July 25, 2021 10:37PM
.....Velveteen.....Rabbit....???



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Re: Spotted a bunny in my backyard; neighbor reports also seeing one...
Posted by: PeterB
Date: July 25, 2021 11:45PM
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There are 10,000 bunnies in my neighborhood, and I live in a city.

Ummm, I'm assuming these are the results of escapees?

Around here, I can't imagine a bunny lasting very long, especially not if an escaped pet. We have snakes, alligators, coyotes, foxes, raccoons, hawks, panthers, rats, nutria, feral dogs/cats, and all manner of other critters that would make quick work of a bunny.




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Re: Spotted a bunny in my backyard; neighbor reports also seeing one...
Posted by: AllGold
Date: July 26, 2021 12:06AM
Tons of rabbits here in the north, too. I have a few that apparently live in my yard or at least nearby. They are natural/indigenous. The only real predators--other than pets like house cats and dogs--are birds of prey.

We normally don't think of rabbits vocalizing but it's amazing how loud a rabbit is when it's being attacked late at night by an owl.



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Re: Spotted a bunny in my backyard; neighbor reports also seeing one...
Posted by: Speedy
Date: July 26, 2021 08:58AM
We have quite a few but eventually the coyotes thin them out later in the fall.



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Re: Spotted a bunny in my backyard; neighbor reports also seeing one...
Posted by: C(-)ris
Date: July 26, 2021 10:41AM
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There are 10,000 bunnies in my neighborhood, and I live in a city.

Ummm, I'm assuming these are the results of escapees?

Around here, I can't imagine a bunny lasting very long, especially not if an escaped pet. We have snakes, alligators, coyotes, foxes, raccoons, hawks, panthers, rats, nutria, feral dogs/cats, and all manner of other critters that would make quick work of a bunny.

Then I wouldn't worry about it. Nature will take care of what needs to be done to keep the bunny population in check.



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Re: Spotted a bunny in my backyard; neighbor reports also seeing one...
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: July 26, 2021 11:15AM




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Re: Spotted a bunny in my backyard; neighbor reports also seeing one...
Posted by: PeterB
Date: July 26, 2021 12:55PM
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C(-)ris
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mrbigstuff
There are 10,000 bunnies in my neighborhood, and I live in a city.

Ummm, I'm assuming these are the results of escapees?

Around here, I can't imagine a bunny lasting very long, especially not if an escaped pet. We have snakes, alligators, coyotes, foxes, raccoons, hawks, panthers, rats, nutria, feral dogs/cats, and all manner of other critters that would make quick work of a bunny.

Then I wouldn't worry about it. Nature will take care of what needs to be done to keep the bunny population in check.

Well except that I wouldn't really want any of those critters in my backyard either! And lord knows what else the bunny might be eating back there.




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Re: Spotted a bunny in my backyard; neighbor reports also seeing one...
Posted by: qdog2
Date: July 28, 2021 10:51AM
We have had a rabbit population explosion in our neighborhood over the pass few years. All brown.



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Re: Spotted a bunny in my backyard; neighbor reports also seeing one...
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: August 05, 2021 09:58AM
.....they bred like.........bunnies......



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