The rest of BC is filled with cuddly animals

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Two top stories from the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation today happen to focus on the rest of British Columbia, also known as “Not Vancouver” and both involve fuzzy animals.

I’m from Kelowna and most of my freelancing still happens in the interior so I’m there on a regular basis. The last few times I’ve been there I could swear that I noticed an abnormally large number of rabbits on the green spaces at the side of the road. Especially around the old Western Star plant off the highway, it was bunny central to a degree that put even the University of Victoria to shame.

It turns out the rabbit population explosion is not only just a feverish dream on my part, but also a real thing and it’s starting to worry people in the interior. As the rabbit population begins to outgrown urban Kelowna the surrounding farmlands are bracing for the rabbits to move in on their produce [cbc].

A rabbit breeder named Roxane Woldenga is estimating that there could be over 3,000 semi-wild rabbits lose in Kelowna and she notes:

“If they start spreading into farmland, the Okanagan will be overwhelmed. The European domestic rabbit isn’t meant to live feral in our urban society. In the urban setting, there’s not enough food. They will eat their way to the next field, and the one after that.”

The city civic government is trying to stay out of the issue, suggesting that it’s up to property owners to deal with their own pest problems.

Meanwhile the big news around Nelson is about the cat that survived 26 days out on a ledge [cbc]. From now on I think all the CBC should report on in Not Vancouver is stories involving fluffy mammals.

3 Comments so far

  1. Rebecca (unregistered) on December 8th, 2007 @ 5:42 pm

    Like the chazwuzzers in Australia!

    I think this bunny thing was already an issue this past summer.

  2. Me (unregistered) on December 9th, 2007 @ 7:35 am

    Aww, thats so cute, makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside. I live in Toronto now, and its true, everything not-Vancouver is invisible to the general population here. I grew up in Vernon, but everyone just assumes that’s slang for Vancouver…

  3. Jay Banks | Vancouver Realtor (unregistered) on December 11th, 2007 @ 3:22 am

    My friends have found one and basically ended up adopting it…They took the little bunny to a veterinary just to check if everything is all right and now it has a new home:)

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