Exploding rabbit raises concerns in Hamilton

Exploding rabbit raises concerns in Hamilton

Hamilton City Council again heard testimony about how best to deal with the many feral rabbits living within city limits Tuesday night after a rabbit was found with arrows shot in the head last week.

The rabbit was found in Hamilton Square Mayor Dominic Varenkov on Wednesday, September 14, but was not caught until Friday despite numerous attempts.

Varenkopf said he originally noticed the rabbit hopping around his yard on Wednesday, and called Hamilton Police when he realized the rabbit had been hit in the head. After speaking with President Steve Snavelli, Varnkoff tried to catch the rabbit but was unsuccessful. On Thursday morning Varenkopf called Hamilton Police again and asked for help in apprehending the rabbit. Chief Snavely, along with Hamilton Police Officer, Mayor Farrenkopf and his wife, chased the hare around the yard in an attempt to catch it but they also couldn’t catch the hare and could tell he had become sad.

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Around that time, the KC York of Trap Free Montana came and offered to set a live trap for the animal, but the hare was unable to enter the trap due to the arrow’s blow protruding from its head. On Friday morning, York and a number of volunteers went to Farnkopf’s house and were finally able to catch the rabbit, which was taken to the Skalcahoe veterinary clinic for arrow removal.

“It was very intense,” said Varenkov. “You know, to see that dart that Kavkaz Center brought to the meeting, and I understand that it was really bad for the animal. It was through the nasal passages and was deeper than me. I thought. I thought it was like a needle, Like a bear prick. Well, it is not, in fact it is like a broad head, like an arrow and it was in the depths of the rabbit’s face.”







Trap Free Montana offers a reward of $1,000 for information that leads to the arrest or conviction of the person who has rushed the rabbit. Hamilton Police Chief Steve Snavelli encourages anyone with information regarding the incident to contact the Hamilton Police Department.


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The rabbit survived the ordeal, and Trap Free Montana offers a reward of $1,000 for information leading to the arrest or conviction of the person who hurried the rabbit. The city is still investigating the incident, according to Snavely. Encourage anyone with information regarding a blown rabbit to contact the Hamilton Police Department.

“I think it falls under our statute or city ordinance regarding bow and arrow restrictions,” Sanafelli said. Under the laws of the City, under 015 932, Restrictions of Bow and Arrow, Subsection II, “No person shall fire or fire any arrow or projectile through the use of a bow or other device in or over any street, park on the road or public land. So I would say, you know, depending on where that animal was hit, that would probably be a violation of that law.”

“We are really concerned about the cruelty to animals, more than the way the animal was injured,” Varenkov said. We’re not going out and confiscating blasting pistols and things like that. We are not against blow guns, we are against laying them out in a city in a way that harms an animal.”

In late June, the university’s Hamilton Commission introduced a plan to pay a poacher to hunt and dispose of the animals. The rabbit meat would then be used for consumption, with some of the meat going to the Raptors of the Rocky in Florence. $2,000 was allocated in the city budget for a rabbit removal project.

York made a presentation to Hamilton City Council meeting on Tuesday after helping to catch the rabbit, voicing opposition to the plan, and suggesting non-lethal methods of dealing with rabbit populations such as removing attractants, using fencing, spaying and spaying and adoption programmes. .

“We have to establish a humane, compassionate and responsible response, and that requires a community effort,” York said. “We are willing to help, Trap Free is willing to help and fund all of these non-lethal methods. We are willing to help with nebulizers, fencing, do-it, fitting, catching rabbits, spaying, neutering and adopting, but we can’t do it alone. We need to assistance and cooperation.

According to Varenkov, neither the county nor the state manages rabbits. Rabbits are found in the city like a bird or a squirrel. Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks also advised the city of Hamilton not to transport the animals.

On Tuesday evening, the council decided to return the rabbit issue to the committee for further discussion. Rabbits are tentatively scheduled to be put on the agenda for the board meeting on Tuesday 27 September.

Jessica Appel is an editor at Ravale Republic.

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