Rabbits

Feral rabbit populations are increasing on the North Shore and cause major environmental damage, including the destruction of native vegetation, sportsfields, reserves and gardens.

According to Local Land Services, feral rabbits cost Australia over $200 million in damage each year.

Notice of Pindone baiting

In cooperation with NSW Local Land Services, Ku-ring-gai Council will be laying Pindone baits to control wild rabbits. This is an annual program to suppress feral rabbit populations. 

The baiting will take place between Thursday 15 July and Friday 29 July at the following locations: 

  • Seven Little Australian Park, Lindfield.
  • St Andrews Forest, Killara.
  • Gordon Bowling Club, Gordon.
  • Gordon Golf Course, Gordon.
  • Bryce Oval, St Ives.

Due to operational reasons baiting has been discontinued at the following locations:

  • Bicentennial Park, West Pymble.
  • Blackbutt Reserve, West Pymble.
  • Cliff Oval, North Wahroonga.
  • Comenarra Creek Reserve, West Pymble.
  • Cowan Creek Reserve, St Ives.
  • East Gordon Park (Darnley Oval), Gordon.
  • Grannys Springs, Turramurra.
  • Irish Town Grove, Turramurra.
  • Ku-ring-gai Creek Reserve, St Ives.
  • Lovers Jump Creek Reserve, North Wahroonga.

All baiting sites are signposted. The baits are diced carrot coated with Pindone and a green dye. 

Please keep children and pets away from baiting sites. If you suspect your pet has ingested Pindone baits seek urgent veterinary care. Baiting sites will be safe to re-enter from Saturday 31 July. 

For further information please call Council on 9424 0000

Report a rabbit sighting

You can help us monitor the movements of rabbits by reporting sightings online

Rabbit control FAQs

Control options for private properties

In terms of keeping rabbits out of your property, the best option is to undertake fencing and attach rabbit netting to an existing fence around the area requiring protection. Most fencing contractors should be able to undertake these works at a relatively low cost. In addition to fencing, Council recommends that a private pest control company, specialising in vertebrate pest control, is contacted to assist in eradicating rabbits on your land.

Other options include:

  • Spraying your plants with a liquid deterrent made from boiled garlic and chilli or spreading blood and bone fertilizer, both techniques will have to be repeated after rain.
  • Poisoning with Pindone oat bait:
    This is a product that can be used by residents in accordance with the product label. A condition of this product is that it can only be used in properties large than 1000sqm. Properties less than 1000sqm will need to get an off label permit from Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA). This control technique increases the potential to harm non-target native animals like bandicoots, so currently it’s not a method that would be encouraged if you have bandicoots in your yard or you live next to bushland areas (it an offensive to harm native wildlife NSW National Parks and Wildlife Act 1979). Council is happy to provide technical assists for residents who want to use this method. Learn more.
  • Rabbit warren fumigation:
    This method can only be done by licenced Pest Controllers and involves releasing a poisonous gas into the rabbit warren. It can be done on private land and is not limited to lot size. The problem is that many of the rabbit infestations in Ku-ring-gai are scrub rabbits, meaning that they live in the bush as opposed to warrens.
  • Cage trapping and euthanasia:
    This method involved using a cage trap to capture rabbits and then they can be taken to an approved vet to be euthanised. Council has traps which can be borrowed and the cost of euthanasia is covered by Council.