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By TRACEY ROXBURGH

Ways to get rid of increasing numbers of unwanted neighbours in the Lake Hayes area will be discussed at the Lake Hayes Pavilion today.

Otago Regional Council’s holding a public drop-in session to talk to residents about the rabbit invasion, and how best to deal with it.

ORC says the responsibility for managing rabbits on private property sits with the landowner, but it’s investigating ways to connect landowners who have problems with the little mammals, originally introduced in the 1800s for hunting, with pest controllers.

The council’s got a survey out at the moment — closing next Friday — information from which will be used to ‘‘inform the most effective rabbit approach’’ in the area.

In March, Mountain Scene reported there had been observable ‘‘positive impacts’’ from the release of a targeted virus three years ago, RHDV1 K5, but some rabbits proved resistant.

Last year a successful poisoning operation by Queenstown’s council around Lake Hayes was let down by an in ability to follow it up with night shooting.

The drop-in session with ORC’s biosecurity team’s being held from 3pm till 8pm.

The survey’s available online, through yoursay.orc.govt.nz

tracey.roxburgh@scene.co.nz