Photo By Jesus Hernandez / Viking  One of the last remaining rabbits on the LAC sits on a patch of grass next to the G Building while most students are off campus for the weekend.
Photo By Jesus Hernandez/Viking – One of the last remaining rabbits on the LAC sits on a patch of grass next to the G Building while most students are off campus for the weekend.

By Leonard Kelley / Staff Writer
and Ana Maria Ramirez / Staff Writer

More than 65 years of occupancy at the LAC has nearly ended with one rabbit left, Wednesday, Oct. 2, LBCC officials said.
The commitment to remove about 400 bunnies has been an ongoing situation to keep the rabbits safe.
Alexandra Woolcott, 18, a psychology major, said, “I used to come and feed the rabbits in the LAC Quad when I was a kid.”
The one rabbit, named Jack, has been neutered. Since March 2010, rabbits have been adopted and the rabbit adoption agency has completed its task and closed the rabbit center. The mission to relocate and protect the rabbits has been accomplished, said Richard Garcia, LBCC associate director of community relations.
Rabbits have been at the LAC for decades, enjoying life, digging holes, causing trouble and even garnering national headlines.
Bevon Neams, 18, a dance major, said, “The rabbits are what made this school so unique. They added a feel of beauty and freedom to this school.”
Phil Shrotman, retired business administration teacher, remembers as a student at LBCC seeing brownish gray jack rabbits mingling around the construction.
When he started teaching, he noticed they were a mixed breed with regular rabbits producing a strange floppy-eared, long-legged breed. Shrotman said he liked them best because they were different.
“Parents would bring their children to feed the rabbits and the dogs would chase them,” Shrotman said.
They would go crazy trying to catch them.
“Not one was ever caught and I never saw a dead one. They were too fast. I do know they were a farming pest to the neighbors. It was pleasant to see the running bunnies at campus. I regret that they’ve been extinguished as I really enjoyed walking on campus and seeing them run around. I believe they will be back as the same cycle might repeat itself.”
Alexus Quezada, 18, a psychology major, said, “I’m happy about their new homes and they will not be injured by cars or people.”
New construction on the campus will have rabbit-deterring plants to help them from deciding to return.
Stephanie DeArda, 17, a media communications major, said, “I am happy the bunnies were adopted. The bunnies are out of harm’s way in their safe new homes.”
Retired LBCC volleyball coach Donna Prindle co-chaired the rabbit task force with a mission to round up all the bunnies and get them ready for adoption. Interested people were provided with care packets and instructions on proper feeding. A basic training class was formed to educate new caregivers on essentials about caring for their new pet.
Sugey Medina, 18, a nursing major, said, “I would like the bunnies reintroduced. They gave me a relaxing and comfortable feeling here at the LAC.”