Talk about rabbits and hare questions come up. In fact, so many hare questions have come my way lately that I went to Australia’s hare expert, Dr. Phillip Stott at the University of Adelaide to get some answers. He has kindly passed on the following in response to my inquiries.
Hares are currently regarded as a minor pest, but they do sometimes cause serious damage to LandCare tree plantings and also to new grapevines. However, there have been plagues of hares in Australia in years gone by, and because we don’t understand the ecology of hares very well, they can be regarded as a “sleeper” species – a widespread species that doesn’t currently cause much of a problem, but has a history of causing trouble in Australia and elsewhere.