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Wabbit Season? Seniors Ask to Shoot Rabbits

The city's largest retirement communities want city approval to continue shooting rabbits.

For the fourth time, Mission Viejo's largest retirement community will seek city approval Monday to shoot rabbits.

During the 6 p.m. city council meeting, the Casta del Sol Homeowners Association will ask permission to continue its policy of shooting rabbits with pellet guns. They will be joined by the Palmia Homeowners Association, which also represents senior residents and is seeking their second approval.

Killing the rabbits is necessary to protect the "landscape, ornamental plants or gardens" within the Casta community, according to a letter to the city dated March 26.

The associations must receive the city's approval every two years to continue to shoot rabbits. Casta first received approval in 2005, and approval was again extended in 2007 and 2009. Palmia was first approved in 2010.

Think the rabbits are still causing trouble in Casta? Judge for yourself by viewing the photos of rabbit damage above. These are the same photos the association sent to the city to demonstrate the damage done to their community.

City staff researched police reports and found that "no reports had been filed claiming personal or property damage" as a result of the rabbit shooting in either neighborhood.

tara May 18, 2012 at 02:14 PM
living plants are more important than living animals? it turns my stomache in the early mornings hearing the shooting of the bunnies...plant something they wont eat or catch them and transport them...
Sandra Stipp May 18, 2012 at 03:19 PM
I live in Casta and I'm totally against shooting the rabbits. People in Casta care more about their darn plants than they care about a living, breathing animal. Shame on those who do. I have a lot of friends with dogs....including myself. It would be nice if the coyotes had the rabbits to eat than trying to capture our dogs. There needs to be a balance in nature. But, unfortunately there are a whole lot of dumb people who rather see a $5.00 rose bush grow than helping environmentally. Really sad.
Gary Lougheed May 18, 2012 at 05:11 PM
I live in CDS also and Sandra is right. Shoot the coyotes and snakes so i can take a walk and feel safe and not carry a golf club for protection. not Take the money spent on shooting the rabbits and give it to the landscape committee so we could get 5 more minutes a week of watering our ugly yellow and dead grass in all of our green belts areas. Gary Lougheed
M. G. Mimi May 18, 2012 at 06:25 PM
What kind of community shoots rabbits? This is a heartless practice that should never have occurred and it should, certainly not contine. Disgusting!!! Nature will completely take care of itself..rabbits are the prime food source for coyotes. The Casta people are upsetting the balance of nature. Stupid, stupid, stupid.
Sandra Stipp May 18, 2012 at 07:17 PM
To M.G. Mimi....thank you for your comment. I can't count the number of times over the years that coyotes followed me and my dogs. I had 5...yes 5 coyotes follow me one night. They were looking for food. People don't realize how important it is to have an environmental balance.
Mary Jo Cumming May 18, 2012 at 11:27 PM
I think that it is really sad. We need a balanced environment. I don't live in either of those communities but I would ave voted "no."Mary Jo Cumming

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