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Further enhancement of Cooney Reserve in terms of native planting to support bird and bee habitats can only go forward when the rabbit population is under control. The article below (Jan 2014 Omelette) details this.





We have a serious rabbit problem in Cooney Reserve. Walkers, runners, cyclists and local gardeners all have great pleasure communicating to the Omokoroa Managers group, the numbers that they have counted on their last excursion into Cooney Reserve. The rabbit population is increasing fast!

Last November, Western Bay of Plenty Council agreed to a Pindone poisoning and shooting programme in the reserve. Unfortunately insufficient numbers were removed to seriously effect change in the rabbit population. A major reason for the reduced effect of the poisoning programme was that the many dogs were still exercised down there during the programme, despite heavy advertising in the local press and signs around the reserve. Dogs are natural predators of rabbits and their presence whilst the bait mats were down, reduced the numbers of rabbits visiting the bait stations, as they were warned off by dog scent. People have asked why we do not shoot the rabbits in the reserve. The use of firearms on public land for pest control can only be done by licensed pest control officers, supported by the police and the local authority.

The Omokoroa Environmental Managers Group would like to develop Cooney Reserve with a native planting programme along the foreshore. This would attract more birds and support the population already on the Peninsula. This was tried a few years ago with hundreds of plantings. Unfortunately these were decimated by the rabbit population. The Environmental group has fund raised to have another go at this and would like the support of dog owners to give Cooney Reserve a wide birth during the next attempt to seriously cull the rabbit population in the reserve. We are only talking of a period of four weeks. Without the control of the rabbit population then environmental enhancement will be restricted in Cooney Reserve. One must remember that a single female rabbit can have around 45 offspring a year. Rabbits can breed at 5 months, thus giving an eight to tenfold increase of the population per season.

Western Bay of Plenty Council has agreed another cull. To effect serious change in the rabbit numbers in the reserve we need the support of all dog owners who use Cooney Reserve.

Thank you.

Norm Bruning

Chairman Omokoroa Environmental Managers