Reykjavík city hall will meet with representatives from capital area towns to see what can be done to stem the rising tide of rabbits in Iceland.
For at least the past two years now, rabbits have been a scourge in south Iceland. They are not a native species, and are believed to be descended from recently released pets.
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.
Vísir now reports that capital officials will be meeting with other municipal authorities “this fall” in order to come to a conclusion on what to do about the rabbits.
The Environmental and Resources Committee has already given the city the authority to begin hunting rabbits in order to deal with the problem. The city has not begun any hunt, but the meeting this fall could indicate a joint effort where that is concerned.