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  1. John
    June 6, 2016

    Why are there dead rabbits everywhere? They seemto have been eradicated too.

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    • Glyn Young
      June 6, 2016

      John, are you referring specifically to Calf of Man? I can’t say about that island currently but most UK rabbit populations have Myxomatosis. This disease, introduced to the UK in 1953 now kills about 65% of a population every few years with rabbit numbers coming back over the next few years until the disease strikes again. Some populations may have Rabbit haemorrhagic disease as well. The net result of these diseases is that every couple of years there will be a large number of sick or dead rabbits around the place. It is unlikely that rabbits will take poison put out for rats and, although an introduced non-native mammal, they can be useful for digging seabird burrows!

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