Rabbits in Britain

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    ATTENTION has bsen directed once again, by articles and correspondence in contemporary journals, to the damage caused by the superabundance of wild rabbits in Britain. An introduced animal, the rabbit, encouraged by conditions of soil, climate and food, has bred and spread, so that for the past century its activities have become increasingly harmful to agriculture and forestry. So long as two opposed views regarding its presence are strongly held, one emphasizing its destructiveness and the other its value as food and as an object of sport, it is unlikely that common action against the rabbit will be taken without legal compulsion. But the necessity for control in other countries and the methods employed for control are of general interest, and knowledge of them may become of great importance in Britain also, so that useful service is performed by Guy Dollman's article on “The Rabbit Menace” in the Natural History Magazine (5, No. 39, July 1936, p. 297), where a summary of recently developed means of limiting or eradicating the pest is given.

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