Should Carolina Residents Be Concerned About Bunny Burrows?

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A video posted by the Ontario Wildlife Removal Inc. has gone viral after revealing what's hiding underneath what first appears to be a patch of dead grass in your lawn.

When the layer of dead grass is pulled back, it's actually a warren of baby rabbits that burrowed into the ground.

"Often it's too late when people cut their grass and they don't see them," said the Ontario Wildlife Removal representative. 

So are these burrows of bunnies something we should be keeping an eye out for in North Carolina? And if so, what should we do?

 

 

Charlotte-based A-1 Wildlife Control State Wildlife Agent Allen Eckman said bunny burrows aren't as common as other animal issues like snakes and bugs, but they are prevalent throughout our region.

"What I usually get is people don't recognize what they are when they're in a burrow," Eckman said. 

Eckman encourages those dealing with a bunny burrow to not intervene at first.

"You need to determine whether the mother is taking care of them, if she is absolutely leave them alone," Eckman said. 

According to the Ontario Wildlife Removal Inc., the mother returns to the burrow around twice a day to feed her little ones. The bunnies are quick to grow up and will be gone within a couple weeks. 

However, if the mother has abandoned the burrow it may be time to give animal resources a call. 

"If they've been there for more than a week, the mother has abandoned them," Eckman says. "Put a camera on them to see if she's there. If the mother is there, don't touch them... you cannot care for them as good as the mother can."

If the mother appears to have abandoned them, Eckman says to call an animal resource like A-1 Wildlife Control if you reside on private property. 

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