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Feral Rabbits


Rabbits were first released in Victoria in 1824 and quickly spread to other parts of Australia. Domestic rabbits that escape captivity, or are dumped by irresponsible owners, can also establish wild populations, reverting to the distinctive grey-brown ‘wild’ variety within a few generations.

Grazing and burrowing by feral rabbits can cause serious erosion problems and damage lawns, gardens and playing fields. Feral rabbits also threaten the survival of native plants and animals.

Under the Local Lands Services Act 2013 all landholders have an obligation to control feral rabbits on their land.

Council carries out rabbit control in bushland reserves and parks.

Private landholders should contact a licensed pest controller to control feral rabbits on their land. Licensed pest controllers are listed in the Yellow Pages under Pest Control.

Complaints about feral rabbits should be made to Local Land Services on 1300 795 299.


City of Ryde will be undertaking control of foxes and rabbits in a number of Council’s parks and reserves as part of an ongoing program undertaken by public authorities in public open space across northern Sydney. Feral animals have a significant impact on our wildlife and assets and as land manager of these parks City of Ryde is responsible for the control of these species.

Pindone baiting of rabbits will be carried out in the following parks over the next 12 months: Dunbar Park, Eastwood Park, ELS Hall Park, Glades Bay Reserve, Marsfield Park, Pembroke Park, Pidding Park, Waterloo Park and Wilga Park.

Signage will be displayed in the parks and reserves when the programs are being undertaken. Please ensure your safety and the safety of your pets (dogs and cats) by following the instructions on the signage and avoid entering parks that have been closed to the public at night. This program does NOT include 1080 baiting or the release of Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease Virus (calicivirus).

To report any rabbit sightings please visit the Rabbit Scan website.

If you would like any further information on these programs, please contact our Customer Service on 9952 8222 or view the Foxes page

Last updated on 4 August 2017