Dozens of rabbits the size of small dogs took over a Fargo neighborhood


Dozens of rabbits the size of small dogs have taken over a neighborhood in Fargo, and residents are trying to find a way to get rid of them.

"Every day, I feel like the crazy rabbit lady chasing them out of the yard where they're having a [heyday]," Kayla Straabe, who lives in the South Fargo neighborhood, told ABC News. "There's at least 40 to 50 everyday, and they're in our yards and by a children's park."

Residents of in the area of 33rd Avenue told WDAY the white-tailed jackrabbits are destroying people's plants and leaving their droppings everywhere.

The city can't do anything about the animals because they are wild, ABC News says. And there is no city ordinance that deals with depopulating rabbits, according to the city's website.

So the plan right now is to, well, come up with a plan.

Some have suggested poisoning the rabbits, but officials say that can be dangerous. So instead, they suggest residents start the formal process of getting an ordinance enacted to deal with them, WDAY reports.

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More about the big jackrabbits

Jackrabbits are actually hares – they're larger than rabbits and tend to have taller hind legs and longer ears – and can reach up to 2 feet in length, National Geographic says. Female jackrabbits can have two to four litters each year, with one to nine hares in each litter, the Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center notes.

The animals have the ability to leap 10 feet at a time at speeds of 40 miles per hour, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says.

White-tailed jackrabbits frequent plains and farmlands. The hares' healthy appetite – they eat more than a pound of grasses, shrubs or bark each day – can be problematic for farmers. As a result, they're often killed for crop protection, National Geographic reports.

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