I've got a rabbit in my yard who thinks I'm running a salad bar. I'm
borrowing a Havahart trap this evening. I know a couple of sure-fire ways to
lure a squirrel into one of those, but not a rabbit. The bait's got to be
something tastier than my lettuce & broccoli leaves. Anyone got any ideas?
I'd try a carrot, but I wonder if rabbits are tired of being stereotyped
based on Bugs Bunny cartoons.
I'm a vegetarian & have been for 30+ years, but my great-grampa ran a
rabbitry & when I was a kid I ate rabbit, both farm-raised, & hunted out
on the San Juans. So I would not be horrified to learn some gardener shot
a rabbit, if they at least didn't waste the meat afterward.
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OK....well, I'm not sure I want to kill the bunny because I have this thing
about cute ears. But I still need to get it into the trap. Other than carrot
greens, got any suggestions? I just bought a 3 lb bag of organic carrots
yesterday. The last thing I need right now is to go buy another bunch of
carrots just for the greens. I can only eat so many carrot muffins, glazed
carrots, carrots in salad, carrot sticks.....
Just last week we noticed we have a rabbit in our garden. I was delighted, but
then feared it would reproduce and what then? So, I just leave it. This cute
thing is not that afraid of me as I've been as close as five feet and it just
stays there chewing it's shoots. It seems to like the shoots of my St.
Augustine, which is fine by me.
The other night, last night as a matter of fact, my husband was outside smoking
a cigarette (poor guy) and he heard some rumpling in one of our brush piles. So,
he got out the Maglight and he saw two foxes in the backyard! I asked him ten
times if he was sure they weren't opossums or skunks, but no, he said they were
definitely foxes. One larger than the other.
I am vegetarian, on my way to becoming vegan and I hope people would reconsider
killing things in nature. It truly is such a non-virtue and creates such
horrible conditions for the killing person.
I'ved had some luck with fresh lettuce leaves sprinkled with vanilla
extract. Romaine lettuce leaves work best (mostly due to shape), set
in a small yogurt cup filled with water.
I remember reading an article by a scientist who studied cottontails
and had to live-trap them regularly. IIRC, he claimed that the best lure
was to have had another cottontail urinate in the trap!
If you are trying to protect ornamental plants, I recommend Ropel.
For vegetable gardens, a fence.
This company's advice and products have been useful to me in the past,
and this is their page on rabbits:
Pat in Plymouth MI ('someplace.net' is comcast)
Any technology distinguishable from magic is insufficiently advanced.
Try an apple slice - a fresh one every day. Some folks swear by them.
I use a bb bun.
Also, pepper spray works for me, but you have to apply it before they
start chomping away, so their first taste is bad. Hard to break them if
they've already found something tastes good.
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