Rabbit Deaths Worry Neighbors

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ST LOUIS, Mo. — People in a St. Louis neighborhood are trying to figure out what’s happening to small animals in the area. About three weeks ago they noticed a string of small animal deaths.

“I found three underneath the clubhouse and two in the grass up near the siding,” said neighbor Joe Dobbs.

Dobbs found eight dead rabbits in his yard alone. Now, neighbors are concerned about what’s happening.

“It seems like it happened over night,” said neighbor Chuck Hart.

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The Department of National Resource says they can’t figure out how the rabbits are dying. Neighbors are concerned that West Nile is killing off the rabbits. The Department of Natural Resources says that’s an unlikely scenario.

The dead rabbits didn’t have an injuries. So far the only conclusion is that a person in the area is responsible for the animal deaths.

The Department of Natural Resources says the rabbit population is lower than normal but the situation with the deaths is something that has them puzzled. They hope to examine of the bodies of the dead rabbits.

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