Bunnies gnaw Lesvos farmers’ patience

Authorities from the island of Lesvos expressed their concern yesterday about rabbits eating away at the local agricultural economy, destroying crops and contributing to the island’s diminishing farming population. Farmers and prefect officials gathered yesterday on the neighboring island of Lemnos to highlight the problems caused by the rabbits and seek government support. «We will face up to whichever government is indifferent to the proposals put forth by the Lesvos prefecture for the solution to the problem,» said Lesvos Prefect Pavlos Vogiatzis. Farmers have offered proposals such as the introduction of organized night hunting or the rounding up of the animals. On Lemnos in June, the government decided to fight the exploding population of wild rabbits by introducing polecats and allowing year-round hunting.