South Fargo, North Dakota, is currently in the midst of a critter infestation that would make Alfred Hitchcock proud. But instead of seeing legions of birds everywhere, residents find themselves constantly surrounded by rabbits. Huge rabbits.
The jackrabbits, which can weigh nearly 10 pounds, first showed up in December. In the roughly two months since, hoards of them have migrated in.
“Every day, I feel like the crazy rabbit lady chasing them out of the yard where they're having a hay day,” resident Kayla Straabe said. “There's at least 40 to 50 everyday, and they're in our yards and by a children's park.”
Here, courtesy of WDAY, is what an average field in South Fargo looks like these days:
Dozens of residents have called local animal control authorities asking for help, but each time the department gives the same response: There’s nothing they can do. As wild animals, the jackrabbits are protected by a number of wildlife laws. Officials say residents are free to put rabbit poison on their properties if they wish.
The rabbits aren’t just harmless pests, either. A group of them can mow down an entire garden in no time. If the rabbits don’t migrate to a new home soon, things could get ugly in a hurry. An adult female jackrabbit is capable of birthing four litters a year, with up to nine babies in each litter.