Local 8 News reports: 

Blake Skidmore, who is a farmer in Jefferson County, said he and his neighbors are losing money on haystacks that the rabbits are eating.

“It's been a long, hard winter, and early in the winter we had a lot of rabbits flopping around all the haystacks,” Skidmore said.

Skidmore and others have been protecting their haystacks by surrounding them with straw in order to keep the rabbits from eating them.

“We've also had to shoot them. We need to do something to get them away,” Skidmore said.

According to Capital Press (http://bit.ly/2lQlEpp) State wildlife officials say jackrabbit population cycles peak every decade or so, and an excessive regional population this season has been coupled with dense snow cover restricting their access to forage. When left unchecked, jackrabbits chew through the bases of the hay stacks, causing some to tip over or spill when the twine is severed, making bales difficult to load. Damage can add up to thousands of dollars.

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Source:  Local 8 News and Capital Press



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