I must find this place. BRB…
There were only two of ’em a few months ago.
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8, in 1971 https://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/japan-rabbit-island-dark-history-180962631/
And of course it’s got it’s depressing side, too 😦 they’ve destroyed the ecosystem and are being mis-fed by tourists.
What happens when the rabbits takeover? Hmm, let’s see ….Waiter, menu please.
Maybe, that’s the purpose.
There are some islands in the San Juans that have deer you are not supposed to feed. You need your own transportation (i.e.: a boat, maybe a seaplane) to get to some of the islands. There is deer overpopulation, resulting in reduced food from overgrazing and smaller deer (black tails) than on the mainland. It wasn’t from introduction of a new species, though, but from “removal” of predators to protect livestock.
Some places have deer begging food from visitors. It looks to me like an example of how to tame members of a wild species. Not legal, though. I’ve read about people getting in trouble by rescuing an abandoned fawn and calling up to find out how to reintroduce it to the wild. Apparently, if you find an abandoned fawn you are supposed to ignore it until it goes away. Legally speaking.
I don’t think I could do that. Not in my nature.
Sorry? Do what, go on a boat? Oh, ignore fawn. I’m with you, but if you run into that situation the procedure is to not report. Do the best you can to take care of the critter properly without looking for help from officials. And if asked about it just say something like “where did that come from? It must have wandered in when I was somewhere else. I must have left the window open.”
When I was a wee tot, we had a place in the mountains and we were told to not feed the deer, that they would become domesticated and whatnot. So Mom and Dad would remind us each morning as we would put our melon peels out in the meadow by the lake. You know, so the hornets and bees would stay away from our deck so we would watch the deer enjoy the melons.
I come by it honestly.
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