April 8, 2009
WHILE other cities grapple with traffic or pollution problems, the Finnish capital of Helsinki is taking aim at the humble rabbit.
‘Rabbits have caused severe damage…we are talking about costs of hundreds of thousands of euros,’ said Antti J Rautiainen, a construction project manager with the city authorities.
The floppy-eared fiends have been nibbling their way through some of Helsinki’s most-prized city gardens, damaging footpaths as they build their burrows underground, and eating into 200,000 euros (US$265,000 dollars) from the parks’ US$12.5 million annual budget in the process.
The rabbits have proved to be more than a match for authorities in Helsinki, who have tried and failed to keep the population under control.
‘Last September we started to test ferrets in rabbit hunting. They are suitable for breaking up rabbit communities. We have also used guns, bows, nets and traps,’ Rautiainen explained.
Those efforts appear to have failed. Last summer, the rabbit population in Helsinki was estimated to be around 7,000, but many say the population is now closer to 10,000.
Thanks to Straits Times for the above article.
As you will have gathered, I have at last learnt how to copy/paste.
Joined Flickr today too.
Unfortunately, I still can’t upload my photos, the Bluetooth device (or my camera) are not playing…………………