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Old November 1st, 2011, 11:05 AM
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Exclamation How to Catch a Loose Rabbit?

I do nighttime newspaper deliveries and for the past three nights I've seen this domestic rabbit. It's obviously someone's lost pet, and I would like to catch it, I don't think it would survive the winter. I may never see ti again but if I do I want to be ready.
The first time I saw it I didn't have anything to catch it with, although it let me get close enough to almost touch it. The second time another newspaper deliverer in a hurry came speeding up and scared it away. The third time I had a box with me, but the rabbit stayed just out of reach, hopping along just in front of me, and hiding under cars. I eventually had to give up when it went into someone's backyard and wouldn't come out.
Next time I see it I want to be ready. I'm keeping a box in the car to put it in, does anyone with rabbit experience know of a favorite rabbit treat that might lure it close enough to drop a box over it? Something as appealing to rabbits as catnip is to cats?
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Old November 1st, 2011, 03:52 PM
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That poor rabbit is probably an "end of summer" dump, but it could very well be lost. Either way, winter cold or wildlife will end up killing it.
Can you bring along a cat carrier/kennel cab lined with a soft blanket and some carrots and hay?
As long as the rabbit has gardens and weeds to nibble on he may be harder to catch, but once the big freeze comes he will be in trouble.

I've caught one before just by approaching it for a couple of days and then grabbing it near a bush and stuffing it into the cat carrier. Gotta be quick for that method.

Will a neighbour help and let you leave the cage for the rabbit to check out?
Just don't chase him because that will only lead to him losing trust in you.
Good LUck.
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Old November 1st, 2011, 03:58 PM
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I used an extended fishing net on a pole....caught two of them that way.....
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Old November 1st, 2011, 04:09 PM
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ummm all mine loved warm mcdonald frenchfries *L* seriously.....thats what I tossed to the two that were dumped across from us.
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Old November 1st, 2011, 05:32 PM
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i threw a coat over one and caught it that way.
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Old November 2nd, 2011, 08:38 AM
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Melinda, I don't think the fries would stay warm long enough but it's a thought.
Shaykeija, I will add a towel to my rabbit catching kit.
Bina, unfortunately, I am there so early no neighbours are awake. That is why I see the rabbit, no one else is around to scare him off. Knocking on someone's door at 4pm the morning about a rabbit will most likely not be well received.
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