Sweet Home's hare-raising problem

Solutions sought as city contends with feral rabbits


May 18, 2022

Benny Westcott

On 13th Avenue, a wary rabbit eyes a photographer as it snacks on a lawn.

A feral-rabbit issue has plagued Sweet Home and the surrounding area since late last year, but this month it's worsened by leaps and bounds -- or hops, you could say. 

On Thursday, May 5, local Lisa Stoke and her daughter saw at least four adult and 10 baby domesticated rabbits at Sunnyside Park. 

On the same day, park host Mark Hermansen contacted Sweet Home resident Kathy Cozby to ask what to do with a family of rabbits, one mother and seven babies, that had been dropped off in the day-use area and then had moved into the restroom. Cozby said Hermansen called her because she'd taken in...

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