Rabbits can make great pets, and are an excellent 4H project for a young student, but when you have
hundreds of Boston rabbits running wild through you yard and gardens they are no longer cute or cuddly.
Rabbits have the ability to breed multiple times in a year. They have 2-6 kits each litter, will
reach sexual maturity by 6 months. With that in mind, a small Massachusetts rabbit problem can quickly become a
huge problem. Because rabbits should not be relocated (they almost always die), you may choose to
just kill them and be rid of the problem. Here are some options if you decide to go that route.
You might think that using poison it is the easiest way to kill a Boston rabbit, but consider this- Rabbits are prey of choice to a number of different predators. Eating that poisoned bunny could kill a pet or other animal. The bloated carcass of a poisoned rabbit can attract carrion feeders, vermin, and bugs. Rabbits that go off to die can rot and stink. Let’s look at some other options. There are a wide variety of traps that can be used to kill a rabbit. One of the most common types of trap commercially available is a body grip or snap trap that will quickly crush the animal to death. These types of trap use bait to lure the animal to its death. Keep in mind that this can be messy and gruesome to clean up. There is a commercially available electric plate trap that zaps the Massachusetts creature when it steps on it.
The down side to this trap is the reliability factor. Some larger rabbits might have to be shocked more than once, and you must remove the bodies every few times. Seasoned hunters and trappers might choose to use rabbit snares to trap the prey. Snares are normally used by someone with experience who intends to keep the rabbit for it’s for or meat. If you live in the country, you might choose to shoot your Boston rabbit problem. This is another tactic that should only be used by those skilled and trained to use a firearm. Shooting rabbits can require a lot of skill and practice, since they are quick and nimble Massachusetts animals that are always on the lookout for danger.
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