Rabbit sightings in Jenada Isle are becoming more frequent by the day.
It’s believed the recent bunny boom began with a few domesticated rabbits being abandoned or released a couple of months ago. As City Manager Leigh Ann Henderson said, “Bunnies are gonna do what bunnies do,” and they have.
Estimates in early May show about 60 are roaming the neighborhood and the problem is, literally, growing every day. City commissioners have discussed the issue at a couple of meetings. Since initial cost projections are low enough to come from discretionary spending without needing specific allocation from the commission, responsibility for dealing with the problem was delegated to Henderson.
It leaves her in a no-win situation.
Pets or Pests
Unlike pythons or iguanas (which are deemed “wild”), the rabbits are considered domesticated and can’t be hunted. A trapping firm is being brought in to humanely trap them. But since it’s highly unlikely homes will be able to be found for all the rabbits, there’s a good chance some will need to be euthanized.
Residents want the problem eliminated, but shrink at the thought of them being killed.
A Facebook page dedicated to Jenada Isle posted, “Save the Bunnies! These domesticated bunnies deserve the chance for a happy life as a companion pet, instead of being dumped on the street, trapped and killed. Please help the Bunnies in any way you can.” It went on to give links to animal rescue and adoption information. There are also several links to videos of the Jenada Isle Bunnies being adorable.
Nearby communities are worried that they won’t remain Jenada Isle Bunnies. They reproduce so rapidly it’s a sure thing that the population will soon spread beyond the picturesque enclave.
SFGN and Henderson both tried to connect several times but were unable to do so. This article reflects the latest information possible from social media and discussions at City Commission.