19 July 2007

Wabbit Season No More at North Dakota State

Here are the last five paragraphs from an article in The Chronicle of Higher Education:

For more than a dozen years, the university has sent its maintenance workers out with pellet guns to control its rabbit population. Mr. Larson was just obeying orders — and had the blessing of North Dakota State’s police and safety inspector, Ray Boyer — when he set out on Wednesday morning to bag the varmints.

Understandably, a woman who saw the rifle sticking out of his vehicle immediately dialed 911. Dozens of officers from the Fargo Police Department responded by rushing to the campus and blocking traffic as they searched for the gunman.

After about 90 minutes, they figured out who the gunman was, and university officials sent out an e-mail alert giving the campus the all-clear.

For the time being, at least, the rabbits are safe too. The university has decided to end its practice of limiting their population by shooting them.

No word yet on whether the university’s cafeteria will have hasenpfeffer on the menu.

Again, to read the entire article, click here.


At 20 July, 2007 10:38, Blogger The Topiary Cow said...

Awwww. Poor wabbits.

Guess when the human race has eradicated everything but cockroaches and a few mammals hiding in zoos, they'll finally stop killing every other species on the planet.



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