European wild rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus)
Invasive species fact sheet
Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities, 2011
Product code: BIO53.0610 (European wild rabbit)
About the fact sheet
The feral European rabbit is one of the most widely distributed and abundant mammals in Australia. It causes severe damage to the natural environment and to agriculture. Feral rabbit control is complicated because of welfare and harvesting issues, and because both native and introduced predators feed on feral rabbits in many parts of Australia. A combination of traditional control techniques and biological control holds the best promise for reducing feral rabbit populations and minimising the damage they cause.