Zoology: Overbreeding Down Under

"I can't keep it down with trapping. It has eaten my beans and peas and has stripped the bark and branches off 50 young trees. It can stand up on its hind feet and reach more than two feet into the air to snap off small limbs." The voracious creature that stirred the Australian orchardist to complain to the Maitland Pastures Protection Board seemed fearsome indeed. But it was easily identified. After having been nearly down and out Down Under, the wild rabbit is staging an ominous and increasingly destructive comeback.

Australia's perennial problems with rabbits seemed all but over...

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