Invercargill stop bank rabbit control
Environment Southland has engaged experienced contractors to undertake night shoots to assess and control numbers of rabbits in Invercargill during the month of August 2022.
Rabbits are causing damage to the stop bank infrastructure protecting the city, and shooting provides a more selective manner of controlling rabbit numbers which is safer for domestic pets.
Shooting will be undertaken over several nights from Monday 15th August till Monday 29th August. Shooting will take place from 6pm to 12am.
The control will take place on rural sections of the Waihōpai, Kingswell, Clifden and Kennington stop banks, the Waihōpai retention dam and spillway, and Otepuni and Kingswell rentention dams.
The contractors will also inspect the remainder of the stop banks to assess rabbit numbers but no shooting will take place in the urban area.
Following these initial assessments, further monthly night shoots may be required where high rabbit numbers are found.
Through our annual stop bank assessment programme, we’ve noted that rabbits are damaging stop banks and retention dams. We need to protect these floodbanks from failing to protect the Southland community. Rabbit control needs to be undertaken before the spring when the population will increase.
Avoid the contractors, stay visible and do not hide.
We’ve contracted experienced pest controllers. This team is police vetted.
The contractors are a professional organisation with several years’ experience carrying out this type of pest control work within town / city boundaries.
The contractors will be using thermal imaging to identify rabbits.
This work is part of an initial assessment. Where we find high concentrations of rabbits, further control work may be needed to be carried out monthly.
Police are notified prior to work commencing at the start and finish of each nights’ work.
The stop banks will be fixed after the rabbit control has been completed during the summer.
The contractors will work between 6pm and 12am on the three nights they’re able to work (these three nights will be weather dependent).
Cemeteries are Invercargill City Council (ICC) owned land and therefore it is their responsibility to carry out rabbit control. The ICC is planning rabbit control work in conjunction with Environment Southland at a future date to be decided.
Rabbit control is a landowner responsibility. If you spot rabbits on city council, district council or regional council land you should contact the appropriate council.