By Kelli Reynolds/Staff Writer/@KelliDelRae
A rabbit was spotted outside of the P building on Wednesday, March 23, for Easter.
Although it was once more common to see rabbits on the LAC, it has been a significant amount of time since any have been spotted relaxing in shady areas of the campus.
The school was at one point nationally known for the amount of rabbits that ran freely among campus. The Wall Street Journal reported in 2010 that more than 300 rabbits lived on campus.
Many of the rabbits appeared near Easter, as people would purchase one in spirit of the holiday then later realizing the care they require, would abandon it on the campus knowing a small wild population lived at the LAC.
It may sound to many like a pleasant scene to have bunnies hopping by on a sunny day as stu-dents make their way to class, but the cute critters proved to become a problem. They began costing the school substantial amounts of money in the landscaping they devoured, burrowing numerous deep holes all over the span of campus creating a tripping hazard for students and employees.
Not only do the animals prove to be a hazard to the physical campus, they are also hazardous to each other. Rabbits are extremely territorial, leading to aggressive fights, often leaving one or both of them injured.
Knowing they needed to take action, LBCC developed a humane plan to remove the rabbits. They began capturing the rabbits, finding homes and sanctuaries for as many as possible, and neutering and releasing the remaining back on campus. In addition, the school began posting signs warning that abandoning pets on campus comes with a $500 fine.
The school now has developed a plan used to deal with any rabbits found on campus, including the one found on Wednesday, March 23. Communications director John Pope said, “We work with a local person who coordinates the animal rescue. So our procedure is when there’s a bun-ny found on campus, our facilities team contacts her and she coordinates the neutering and finds homes for them.”