Rabbits have become such a problem in south Iceland that the environmental office has granted average people permission to “reduce the population”.
The South Iceland news service reports that the rabbits are mostly concentrated around Selfoss, with their population extending southerly, to the coast. Numerous complaints have been registered from residents because of the rabbits, to such where the Ministry for the Environment has agreed to allow people living in the area to reduce the rabbit population through their own means.
For the most part, the rabbits appear to be focused on horse stables and the personal gardens of people living in the area, doing damage through incessant gnawing and hole-digging.
Rabbits are mostly spring and summer creatures, although they can survive the winter by eating roots. Iceland in general – and south Iceland in particular – has also been experiencing relatively mild winters for the past few years now.
It is unknown if this rabbit population is connected to the capital area rabbits who have been bounding onto highways and causing traffic accidents.