Journal of the Department of Agriculture, Western Australia, Series 4


D R. King


Rabbits, Carnarvon region (W.A.), Western Australia

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In Westeern Australia rabbits are mainly a pest along the south-western coastal parts of the State, but there are populations north of the Tropic of Capricorn. Rabbits after crossing the Nullarbour plain from South Australia and colonising the South-West of the State, were reported to have reached the west coast near Geraldton by 1912 and then spread northwards.

There is little information on the biologhy of rabbits in the northan parts of their range, but pastoralists in some areas are concerned about erosion and damage to vegetation on their stations when rabbits reach high numbers.

The Agricultural Protection Board undertook a study led by Research Officer, Dr D. R. King, to determine when the rabbits bred, how productive they were, where they occurred on the stations, to what extent their numbers varied in different types of vegetation, and whether any cost effective control programmes could be carried out in such country.