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Moorpark says rabbit problem is multiplying

December 7, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
Residents of Moorpark in Ventura County say the rabbit population is out of control and they want something done about it.

Residents say they are being overrun by rabbits. Some say the rabbits are causing significant damage to their property.

Hugh Riley, Moorpark's assistant city manager, says the city has made no decision on how to deal with resident complaints.

"People are emotional about it," Riley said. "They get upset about this rodent infestation. Other people say they're fuzzy little friends. How should we treat them?"

Moorpark borders the Conejo Valley. In Spanish, conejo means rabbit. The bush and cotton tail rabbits are common to the Conejo Valley region.

Because of the rabbits historical ties to the area, some residents say they should not be touched even if they are a bit of a nuisance.

The Moorpark City Council is expected take up the rabbit issue next month.