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


A R. Tomlinson


Rabbits, Vermin control, Western Australia

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SUCCESS well beyond what was anticipated has been achieved in a two year trial of a modified version of the rabbit "killer" method.

In the "killer" method, trained officers are employed to kill rabbits instead of to inspect and supervise the activities of farmers and, in fact, these officers do all the actual work of destruction.

This system was advocated by the W.A. Royal Commission which reported on Vermin Control in this State in 1944, and it was used successfully in New Zealand.

These trials were applied only to poisoning and not to overall destruction measures. The main object was to see if rabbits could be brought under control and kept there by standard poisoning procedures