Is it just me or are there rabbits EVERYWHERE this year?
My neighborhood in South East Pittsfield appears to be INFESTED with rabbits like I have never seen before. We obviously have them every year but I have the impression that this summer my garden is invaded.
All. Only. By the time I pull into my driveway there are at least two lying around and a handful in the yard as well. And it’s not just my house. Walking my dog around the neighborhood is basically an upper body workout because they are everywhere! I have never seen anything like it.
A neighbor of mine who has lived in the area all her life echoed my feeling that this year has been worse than ever. They have invaded his yard and also go into town in his garden.
Not only are the furry guys everywhere, they’re daring! They barely jump when I step out into the yard and only run away if my dog runs after them.
Marion Larson of Mass Wildlife in speaking with the Boston Globe said the question “Are there more rabbits than usual in Massachusetts this year?” is virtually impossible to answer because there is literally no way to count them all.
Larson says her department has heard many residents report sightings of wildlife this year, including rabbits, but she attributes that to more sightings rather than more animals. This means people have stayed home a lot more than usual over the past year or so and we are just noticing wildlife more than ever.
I have maintained a fairly normal work schedule since March 2020, barely increasing my time at home, so I’m not sure if I’m buying this rationale entirely. There is no doubt in my mind (and my neighbors) that I have never seen so many rabbits in my life! But at Larson’s point, animals do not stand still for a census.
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