Unnamed Resolution on Wild European Rabbits

WHEREAS the wild European rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus) has proven detrimental to the economic and aesthetic interests of man where introduced; and

WHEREAS individuals and clubs in some States have seen fit to import for sport this species from San Juan Islands, Washington, and other islands, and the presence of this species on the North American mainland cannot be economically or aesthetically successful,

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the American Society of Mammalogists at its 35th annual meeting in Los Angeles, California, urges the Washington State Game Department and the State Legislature of Washington, respectively, to prevent the removal of Oryctolagus cuniculus from the San Juan Islands to the mainland of North America.

Be it further resolved that the Pennsylvania Game Commission, the New York Game Commission, and the Ohio Game and Fish Commission, be urged to make all possible attempts to eradicate the European rabbit wherever it has been introduced and still persists.