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Old 01-24-2022, 02:48 PM
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Default RABBIT HEMORRHAGIC DISEASE : RHDV2 in USA

having Been back in New Mexico for a year now and i have only seen 1 jack rabbit and now i know why. anyone else affected by this?
https://www.rhdv2.com/usoutbreak-2020
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Old 01-24-2022, 02:56 PM
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It seems like it is a vicious cycle that comes around every so often and has been doing so for years. I don't believe there is a regular pattern as to how often, but it pops up and then goes away, until the next time it rears its head again.
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Old 01-25-2022, 10:28 PM
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I think when the population gets too large, this is just what happens, just like CWD in deer. We did not have any jack's around in central Ne since probably the late 50's, early 60's, said my late father. I am 59 and have never seen one in person, and I was out in the pasture all the time in my youth.
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Old 01-26-2022, 12:10 AM
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Used to be quite a few jacks around.
We shot 'em at times. Usually at night driving
around the fields at night, shooter riding the
front fender of the car or truck with a .22 as it wasn't
"sporting" to use a shotgun.

As a teen I joined some friends pheasant hunting
around LaJara CO. We met up with the local mortician
hunting with us. He had a pocket full of rubber gloves and
insisted all of us wear them too.

As the rabbits were killed Walt opened them up to inspect
the livers. Finally a jack was found with white spots on its
liver. Quite an education for a teen just getting started hunting.
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Old 01-26-2022, 12:11 AM
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Last fall here in Mn there were vaccine clinics for domestic rabbit, as the state confirmed the disease was present in both wild and domestic population.
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Old 01-26-2022, 06:18 PM
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Back in Ontario, Canada, the game branch used to say the disease came around every 7 years, quite a regular cycle.
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Old 01-29-2022, 09:33 AM
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Our federal government bastards gladly introduced three strains into Australia, one from China, one from Korea and one from the CZ Republic, it wiped out our rabbit industry over night and sent a lot of blokes broke, myself included.
Funny how they readily welcome disease and virus from China when it suites their purpose, yet loose control of their bowels when one comes from there like the covid
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Old 01-29-2022, 01:22 PM
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Default Jack rabbits

I grew up in west central Ks in the late 50s through the 60s. It was easy to take a shotgun, walk pastures and shoot 5-10 Jack rabbits in a half day. If there was snow on the ground, double those numbers. And we also shot them at night in car lights. I haven’t lived there since the early 70s but go back hunting several times a year and am in the same pastures and fields that I used to hunt. I’ve “seen” one Jack rabbit in the past 10 years.
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