Canmore, overrun with rabbits, has deal with EARS

CANMORE — An Alberta Rocky Mountain town that is overrun with rabbits has accepted an offer to relocate the animals.

CANMORE — An Alberta Rocky Mountain town that is overrun with rabbits has accepted an offer to relocate the animals.

Canmore says it is finalizing an agreement with Earthanimal Humane Education and Rescue Society to provide a sanctuary for its feral rabbits, which it had previously planned to trap and kill.

Mayor Ron Casey says in a news release that the town wanted to make sure the transfer of the rabbits was done responsibly.

The society, which goes by the acronym EARS, is a volunteer-operated, registered charity that manages sanctuaries for abandoned farm animals and European domestic rabbits.

Susan Vickery of EARS says Calgary vets are donating their time to spay and neuter rabbits and the City of Calgary bylaw services has offered the group the use of its clinic to do the operations.

Vickery says the group still needs donations to relocate the rabbits to a permanent sanctuary.

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