Jackrabbits invade Fargo neighborhood

Hundreds of wild rabbits have taken over one Fargo neighborhood, and have quickly gone from being cute to becoming a major nuisance.

WDAY reports that the rabbits are destroying shrubs in a park and leaving droppings everywhere. Parents worry that children could come in contact with the droppings.

Kayla Straabe says she wakes up daily to at least 40 to 50 rabbits in her yard.

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Residents say they have complained to the city about the rabbit invasion, but public officials say there is nothing they can do because the jackrabbits are wild animals. Poisoning the rabbits has been suggested, but residents worry about taking such a tactic due to the nearby park where children and dogs play.

At least one local resident is wondering what the fuss is all about. KFGO interviewed North Dakota Game and Fish Biologist Doug Leier, who said that wild rabbit sightings are not uncommon in the Fargo area. He said it is the lack of snowfall that is making people take more notice of them this season. The rabbits also may be doing more damage to bushes and shrubs that are more visible and accessible due to the lack of snow.

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