“In a few months there will be hundreds”, in Cagnes, domestic rabbits are wreaking havoc

At first glance, it’s pretty cute. Pleasant even to see frolicking under the windows. But the phenomenon is likely to become problematic.

In Cagnes-sur-Mer, residents noticed the presence of many rabbits at 138, avenue de Nice. An island that develops over the weeks around the site of the future tram parking lot. Alerted, several volunteers from local associations went to the site. They point to a complex situation to manage. “We questioned the neighborhood. These rabbits are free, no one takes care of them”, plants a volunteer from the UPA 06 association (Emergency for an animal). How did they end up there?

“There was a big fashion effect, thinks Anne, from the Nothing for them association. Lots of people have taken it at home and we are witnessing a staggering number of abandonments. In garbage cans, in parking lots, etc. In Cagnes, it could be an abandonment on green spaces.”

Next step, euthanasia?

At first few in number, these domestic rabbits reproduce and the problem escalates. The associations now count around fifty of them around the site. “They start squatting everywhere, warns a volunteer from the No name association. We get reports almost every day. We contacted the Lido [une résidence proche] to know if we could catch them on their land, they do not agree. Tourists find it cute to see them walking on the lawn. But they will eat grass, dig tunnels, can cause car accidents…”

Especially since they seem to be more and more numerous. “The rabbits breed after three months, continues this same volunteer. If we don’t intervene now, at the end of the year there will be so many rabbits that we will have to euthanize them. We can’t get them adopted.”

“In a few months, there will be hundreds”

Some residents of the Lido are worried, too. “I live on the ground floor, I come out of my garden and I see them, observes a lady. (…) I don’t want those rabbits hurt, I don’t want them killed. The town hall must help the associations.”

This is obviously where the shoe pinches. Volunteers suggest controlling reproduction by sterilizing some rabbits. The municipality claims to be listening (read elsewhere) but the answers provided are not considered to meet expectations by some of the volunteers. “We no longer want to intervene until we have the help of the city, supports Anne, of the association Nothing but for them. We intervene when there is an injured person, it is our duty. But we cannot support sterilization. Within a few months there will be hundreds of them. They are starting to get hurt and sick. The problem is huge.” Sterilization, vaccines and care would cost around one hundred euros per rabbit according to the associative structures.

People who can help or want to adopt a rabbit can come forward (1).

(1) At 06.14.63.21.16.

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