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Exploding bunny population in Calgary likely caused by abandoned pets

Friday, August 16th 2019, 7:53 pm - Wildlife experts are saying it is best to not touch the feral rabbits.

An army of bunnies is taking over urban green spaces in downtown Calgary.

The furry critters have been seen in droves along the Elbow River pathway, the first few of which originated from the abandonment of pet owners.

Having been fed regularly from pedestrians, some of them have become accustomed to human interactions and approach those walking by seeking food. 

As cute and cuddly as they may appear, city officials are asking residents to leave them alone to adjust to life in the wild and to observe them from a distance. Moreover, wildlife experts caution against touching them for health and safety reasons.

"If you really knew what was hanging out and living in some of these bunnies, you probably won't be so eager to pick them up and pet them," says wildlife biologist Chris Fisher.

Weather Network reporter Kyle Brittain brings the latest on the situation in Calgary in the video above.

WATCH BELOW: BUNNY BATTLE FOR THE RIGHTS TO RULE THIS ALBERTA NEIGHBOURHOOD

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