Forget the bunyips, beware of bunnies

YANGAN folklore tells of a bunyips meandering through its sloping valleys and patchwork hills but Halvor Guy reckons rabbits are the real deal, threatening his winter crop of huge pumpkins and radishes.

The Yangan hobby farmer specialises in larger-than-average produce and had spotted a large number of rabbits during the past few weeks eyeing off his veges.

“Rabbits breed like, well, rabbits,” Mr Guy joked.

However, the 74 year old was quick to point out rabbits could devastate the environment and said his neighbour had shot 34 of the pests during the past couple of weeks.

Although, Mr Guy had not seen the furry critters in the area for about 70 years.

“As a boy, I remember my old man digging out their burrows and I think we got rid of the buggers from around here then, but now they're back,” he said.

Rabbits in the Yangan area are particularly troublesome for this farmer, as his famous produce is also helping to raise money for cancer.

“A friend said for every one of his pumpkin seeds, $1 is donated to the McGrath Foundation,” Mr Guy said.

“I grow pumpkins, so I'm sending my seeds to help raise money for the foundation.”

According to the Darling Downs-Moreton Rabbit Board (DDMRB), rabbits cost the Australian economy more than $600 million a year.

A DDMRB spokeswoman said people who saw rabbits on their property should contact the board promptly.

“Shooting rabbits is a way to kill them but we need to destroy their breeding grounds,” the spokeswoman said.

“Find their burrows and destroy them. We (the DDMRB) are here for information and help.”

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