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(WINK Fort Myers)   Neighborhood reports multiple dead wild rabbits. Local Internet research suggests root cause as rabbit hemorrhagic disease RHDV2. OR IS IT?   (winknews.com) divider line
    More: Florida, Death, Rabbit, Michael Monroe, Dead rabbits, little research, long time, Wildlife authorities, Alison Charney Hussey  
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2022-01-27 10:05:18 PM  
On the FL east coast opposite the story.
Rabbit population has increased from rarely seen to regular grease spots on neighborhood streets in the last 10 yrs. Unfortunately, my neighbors don't like the idea that we need more bobcats and foxes.
 
2022-01-27 10:17:52 PM  
RHDV2 is spreading pretty quickly across the country since it tends to travel with birds that eat rabbits that migrate.

It's a pretty deadly calcivirus. 90% + deaths, those that survive it don't tend to be right after it. It also survives in soil a long time.
 
2022-01-27 11:19:00 PM  
Fiver predicted it!
 
2022-01-28 3:34:33 AM  
Oh crap, I guess the condom broke.
 
2022-01-28 3:36:08 AM  
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2022-01-28 3:39:08 AM  
"Now, Monroe just wants his neighbors to know he is there to help.
"I'm going to be here for a long time, so I want to be part of the solution," he said."

Hold us, Michael.   Hold us through all the dead rabbits.
 
2022-01-28 3:39:12 AM  
Cats?
 
2022-01-28 3:41:18 AM  

Mr. Fuzzypaws: Cats?


You called? 
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2022-01-28 3:42:56 AM  
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2022-01-28 3:53:01 AM  
I thought that activity killed kittens 🤔
 
2022-01-28 4:08:05 AM  
RHDV2

Worst. Droid. Ever.
 
2022-01-28 4:15:00 AM  

dammit just give me a login: On the FL east coast opposite the story.
Rabbit population has increased from rarely seen to regular grease spots on neighborhood streets in the last 10 yrs. Unfortunately, my neighbors don't like the idea that we need more bobcats and foxes.


Too many people are more concerned about their pets than about the whole ecosystem.

I'm cool with new zoning for various human population maximums by region, tougher requirements for pet ownership, and mandatory predator populations.
 
2022-01-28 4:23:19 AM  

lesgarcons: Mr. Fuzzypaws: Cats?

You called? [Fark user image 425x283]


Gonna need to see some buttholes.
 
2022-01-28 4:28:46 AM  

Kat09tails: RHDV2 is spreading pretty quickly across the country since it tends to travel with birds that eat rabbits that migrate.

It's a pretty deadly calcivirus. 90% + deaths, those that survive it don't tend to be right after it. It also survives in soil a long time.


Interesting.. hawks and such?  Don't know much about their migratory patterns.

/also, let's hope this one doesn't jump to humans...sounds nasty
 
2022-01-28 4:29:07 AM  
Never has this been more appropriate:

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/f*kn bunny Ebola
 
2022-01-28 4:32:05 AM  

Madman drummers bummers: Oh crap, I guess the condom broke.


Can't catch me cause the rabbit done died.
 
2022-01-28 4:34:27 AM  

KB202: I'm cool with new zoning for various human population maximums by region, tougher requirements for pet ownership, and mandatory predator populations.


We just need the bigger predators to have shock collars.  I'm fine with a coyote eating someone's cat if the person can't be bothered to keep their can inside, but I'd like a cellphone option to shock that bear living in my backyard if I see it going after the neighbors toddler.
 
2022-01-28 4:38:31 AM  
KB202: I'm cool with new zoning for various human population maximums by region, tougher requirements for pet ownership, and mandatory predator populations.

And human population maximums by region?  No... we should be going the other way.  Most wildlife, aside from pigeons, rats and cockroaches, is missing from someplace like NYC, but NYC is actually way better for the planet than miles of suburbs.  Human population, according to the demographics guys, is supposed to peak at about 10 billion.  Fitting as many of us into cities as possible, using as much vertical farming as possible, using mass transit, population density... that's how to minimize ecological damage.  Yes, it's more concentrated, but the carbon footprint of a city dweller is way lower than someone living in a rich suburb surrounded by a couple acres of woods.
 
2022-01-28 4:53:21 AM  

HoratioGates: KB202: I'm cool with new zoning for various human population maximums by region, tougher requirements for pet ownership, and mandatory predator populations.

We just need the bigger predators to have shock collars.  I'm fine with a coyote eating someone's cat if the person can't be bothered to keep their can inside, but I'd like a cellphone option to shock that bear living in my backyard if I see it going after the neighbors toddler.


I get that you hate your neighbors but I think the bear would be plenty dangerous even without being enraged.
 
2022-01-28 6:05:04 AM  

KB202: dammit just give me a login: On the FL east coast opposite the story.
Rabbit population has increased from rarely seen to regular grease spots on neighborhood streets in the last 10 yrs. Unfortunately, my neighbors don't like the idea that we need more bobcats and foxes.

Too many people are more concerned about their pets than about the whole ecosystem.

I'm cool with new zoning for various human population maximums by region, tougher requirements for pet ownership, and mandatory predator populations.


I was with you until mandatory predator population...it's not something people can do.
Maybe restrict/prohibit killing predators?

AFTA, my eldest son feeds the stray cats around here. I think we peaked at around 9-10 around our house. I warned him a long time back that the situation will get out of hand with their numbers, yet he has persisted, but every once in a while takes a couple to a place that neuters and releases.
Anyhoo, about 10 days ago I saw one of the cats being sluggish in some grass (as you would) and I let him know.
Next day or day after wife asks me to move the car because theirs a dead cat under it, she says it's gray. Turns out out it was another cat, a tabby that looked gray because of the car's shadow.
Apparently the gray one had died the day before.
Couple of days back I found another cat dead near some trees.
I honestly think they've picked up Covid as our neighbors household has been going through it.
 
2022-01-28 6:30:44 AM  
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2022-01-28 6:33:57 AM  
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2022-01-28 6:45:34 AM  
Thanks to severe overdevelopment of the surrounding area, a rabbit population was kept in check by predators like red tailed hawks, foxes, and an occasional coyote. 83 sq mi in the last 5 years went from zoned agriculture to single-family residential. Haven't seen a hawk in about 2 years.
 
2022-01-28 6:50:35 AM  
Could be as simple as someone in the neighborhood putting out poison rodent bait.

@&#%ing "I searched the Internet" *eyeroll*.
 
2022-01-28 7:33:01 AM  
This last Fall a fox moved into the neighborhood.

I spent a lot of time scraping up parts of rabbits fron our yard.

Spring is going to unveil some dark shiat went down in the Winter.
 
2022-01-28 7:44:51 AM  
Wanted for questioning...
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2022-01-28 8:21:35 AM  

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I came here to post the same image.
 
2022-01-28 8:56:07 AM  
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A case of rabbititisosis?
 
2022-01-28 9:17:37 AM  
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2022-01-28 9:41:52 AM  

dammit just give me a login: On the FL east coast opposite the story.
Rabbit population has increased from rarely seen to regular grease spots on neighborhood streets in the last 10 yrs. Unfortunately, my neighbors don't like the idea that we need more bobcats and foxes.


Well, unfortunately for themthey are gonna get the foxes and bobcats anyway.

I always found it interesting to watch the ebb and flow of local animal populations.  I've long noticed the relationship that rabbit and fox populations have.  We'll have 3 or 4 years of increasing rabbit populations (as noted by increased sightings and nests) and then suddenly I'll see a lot of foxes for a year or two... then the cycle resets
 
2022-01-28 10:57:30 AM  

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Sent out to investigate...

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2022-01-28 11:08:34 AM  
If you find a dead rabbit, don't touch it. Instead, call the FWC to report it.
That will give them the chance to test the rabbit to see if it's infected by the virus.


Yeah, they don't care.
 
2022-01-28 11:36:01 AM  
Remember the days when "the rabbit died" might have been news to a few of your friends and not, you know, an attempt to be actual news?
 
2022-01-28 11:49:02 AM  

Resident Muslim: KB202: dammit just give me a login: On the FL east coast opposite the story.
Rabbit population has increased from rarely seen to regular grease spots on neighborhood streets in the last 10 yrs. Unfortunately, my neighbors don't like the idea that we need more bobcats and foxes.

Too many people are more concerned about their pets than about the whole ecosystem.

I'm cool with new zoning for various human population maximums by region, tougher requirements for pet ownership, and mandatory predator populations.

I was with you until mandatory predator population...it's not something people can do.
Maybe restrict/prohibit killing predators?

AFTA, my eldest son feeds the stray cats around here. I think we peaked at around 9-10 around our house. I warned him a long time back that the situation will get out of hand with their numbers, yet he has persisted, but every once in a while takes a couple to a place that neuters and releases.
Anyhoo, about 10 days ago I saw one of the cats being sluggish in some grass (as you would) and I let him know.
Next day or day after wife asks me to move the car because theirs a dead cat under it, she says it's gray. Turns out out it was another cat, a tabby that looked gray because of the car's shadow.
Apparently the gray one had died the day before.
Couple of days back I found another cat dead near some trees.
I honestly think they've picked up Covid as our neighbors household has been going through it.


One of your neighbors could have poisoned them.
 
2022-01-28 12:04:10 PM  

dammit just give me a login: On the FL east coast opposite the story.
Rabbit population has increased from rarely seen to regular grease spots on neighborhood streets in the last 10 yrs. Unfortunately, my neighbors don't like the idea that we need more bobcats and foxes.


There's a several hundred year-old pocket of tularemia in north florida that occasionally rolls through and wipes out rabbits like people joke about prairie dogs.  Predators can sense it and won't touch them.  It's really weird because they just fall over dead in the middle of the yard and the usual carrion crew doesn't swing by to help you get rid of them.
 
2022-01-28 12:15:16 PM  
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"RHDV2 isn't dangerous!"
 
2022-01-28 1:36:21 PM  
Librul hoax!
Fake news!
It's just the flu!

After the election, when the pikas take the House... suddenly you won't be hearing about the virus anymore.  It will all disappear.
 
2022-01-28 5:37:44 PM  
Be very very careful if you keep domesticated rabbits. RHDV2 decimated the rabbit industry in Australia to the extent that Akubra now imports rabbit fur to make its felt hats. In New Zealand we have it but there's an expensive vaccine approved here. I have necropsied a couple of rabbits who died of it and they basically drowned in the melted remains of their lungs, it's like rabbit Ebola.
 
2022-01-28 7:13:09 PM  

chatoyance: Be very very careful if you keep domesticated rabbits. RHDV2 decimated the rabbit industry in Australia to the extent that Akubra now imports rabbit fur to make its felt hats. In New Zealand we have it but there's an expensive vaccine approved here. I have necropsied a couple of rabbits who died of it and they basically drowned in the melted remains of their lungs, it's like rabbit Ebola.


Maybe Aus/NZ should be doing their best to spread it around. Importing rabbit fur sounds a lot farking better than raising invasive pests as a local industry.
 
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