Dispatch The Rabbit

Trap the Rabbit to Kill It

Live trapping to transport rabbits to distant habitat is not recommended. Aside from the fact that it is illegal in many states to transport wildlife without a permit, the issue is the impact on the rabbit after it has been freed into a new territory. It is usually destined to cause overpopulation in a territory already sufficiently populated for the available food supply. So the newcomer creates stress among the existing rabbit population, even possibly introducing disease. Very likely you transfer the rabbit problem to some other nearby homeowner.

However, appropriate live traps for rabbits are commercially available as humane alternatives to traditional leg holds. The idea is to humanely capture the animal so that he can then be humanely killed. Use a box trap measuring 10 by 12 by 30 inches. Because rabbits are more likely to enter a dark trap than a well lighted one, cover it with a tarpaulin.

Baits For Trapping Rabbits - The best baits will vary from winter to summer when rabbits foods are more available. Good winter baits to try include bread, corn on the cob, dried apples, alfalfa, and clover. Successful warm weather baits include fresh vegetables (carrots, lettuce, cabbage, brussels sprouts) and apples.

Once it is trapped the animal is your responsibility. You must dispatch it by some means, usually shooting (where discharge of firearms is permitted), asphyxiation or drowning. If you do not want this responsibility, do not use a trap. Deal with rabbits in some other way. Perhaps you call you local Animal Control official.

Havahart 1030 24-by-7-by-7-Inch Two-Door Cage Trap for Rabbits

by Havahart

  • For trapping rabbits, skunks, large squirrels, and similar-size nuisance animals
  • Two spring loaded doors
  • Smoothed internal edges protect and prevent injuries to animals
  • Efficacy proven in extensive field testing means higher catch rate and fewer escapes
  • Comes fully assembled and ready to use with Instructions and tips on baits and trap setting included

Ideal for trapping rabbits, skunks, large squirrels, and similar-size nuisance animals. The Havahart two-door cage trap has been designed for the safety of animals. This humane trap, with its two spring loaded doors, has many features to allow safe, quick and easy catches. Constructed of sturdy wire mesh with steel reinforcements for long life, and galvanized for maximum resistance to rust and corrosion. Mesh openings are smaller than competing traps of comparable size to prevent escapes and stolen bait. Two spring loaded doors allow animals to enter from either direction. Sensitive trigger ensures quick, secure capture. Solid door and handle guard protect user during transportation, while smoothed internal edges protect and prevent injuries to animals. Made in the USA.

Animal Trap 17"x5"x5" for Squirrels, Rabbits, Chipmunks and Rats.

by Humaneway

  • Galvanized, then powder coated anti-glare for good corrosion resistance
  • Black trap hides better in the dark
  • Positive locking spring action door latch
  • Enlarged plate for better hand protection
  • Reinforced doors and latches to avoid wild animal's escape



Encourage the Predators

Encourage the Predators of the Rabbit
Rabbits have many natural enemies, which may help you in your battle to rid the yard of these persistent pests, or at least keep their numbers down to a reasonable level. Certain snakes of the genus Pituophis (bull snakes, gopher snakes, and pine snakes) are fond of baby rabbits. Other predators include cats, dogs, king snakes, barn owls, weasels, foxes, hawks, raccoons, and coyotes. You scoff at coyotes. That critter is all over the place. In New Jersey they estimate the coyote population at over 2500. Those critters eat a bunch of rabbits.

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