No Easter bunny shoot because of fire risk

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No Easter

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to fire risk

YVONNE O’HARA

yvonne.ohara@alliedpress.co.nz

This year’s Great Easter Bunny Hunt in Alexandra has been cancelled because of concerns about the region’s fire risk.

Organiser Dave Ramsay said it would be the second year in a row the hunt had been cancelled and the decision was made on Monday evening.

The event, which is held on Good Friday and Easter Saturday, is a fundraiser for the Alexandra Lions Club and raises about $10,000 for the community every year.

It was cancelled last year because the Lions wanted to support the Otago Regional Council’s K5 virus (a variant of rabbit haemorrhagic disease) dispersal programme.

Mr Ramsay had earlier said conditions had been particularly dry throughout the region.

“There is a lot of high country places that have got grass up to the door handles.

“We have some reluctance on the part of some farmers because of the fire risk and the extra growth,” he said.

“They were considering making the people [the shooters] leave their vehicles behind,” he said.

The hunt has been running for about 25 years and and this will be the third time it has not been held.