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Discussion in 'Electronic Design' started by Paul Burridge, Apr 1, 2007.

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  1. Hi everyone,

    I've been getting a lot of stress from my girlfriend. The problem is
    jackrabbits. There are a lot of them where we live and at this time of
    they box each other quite viciously. My girlfriend gets terribly upset
    about this and I get nagged as a result. I've tried
    to explain to her that it's just nature and they're only establishing
    territory for breeding and whatnot and to just let them get on with
    However, she won't see reason and insists I do something to break the
    fights up. So I
    need your help. I've decided the best solution is to build a 'bunny
    zapper' type stun-gun. Now it's self-evidently important
    NOT TO KILL THE RABBITS, but they must get a shock sufficient to get
    the message
    across that violence is unacceptable. IMV it should therefore carry
    JUST enough
    whack to blow their ears clean off. So how much
    voltage will this application require? I assume we're talking
    kilovolts, but how many?
    Does the rabbits' fur resistance affect the calculations?
    I have tried researching this on the internet, but it appears no one
    has yet
    carried out any clinical trials into the problem. So I need you guys
    to give me
    a ballpark figure. Better yet, if anyone knows of a commercial outfit
    manufactures stun-guns for use
    against jackrabbits can they please post a URL? Finally, is there an
    ecologically sound way of disposing of/recycling all the blown-off

    A note to the sceptics:
    There is a sound scientific rationale behind my intended approach:
    I'm aware that female jackrabbits select their mates primarily by
    the length and lustre of the male's ears, so any male with just
    a couple of smoking, charred stumps sticking out of his head is
    unlikely to
    be successful in attracting a mate. In this way, hopefully the
    genepool of
    the most aggressive rabbits will diminish over time.
    Lastly, if we can get the concept accepted into the mainstream as a
    hobby or sport then maybe we call ALL make a few bucks out of it.
    Let's all try to work
    together on this one, guys.

  2. Guest


    Aren't you talking about hares?

    They may be called jackrabbits in the U.S. but I've never heard of
    them being called anything but hares in the U.K.

    According to this web-site

    the boxers are unreceptive females fighting off males, rather than
    males competing for territory, so your girlfriend is going to want you
    to able to direct your stun-gun at the male participant, which is
    obviously going to be difficult if neither of you has yet realised
    that you have been looking at male-female encounters.

    A properly programmed image analysis system may be able to do better
    than you can in determining the sex of the hares - it turned out to be
    relatively easy to set up an image analysis system to sex day-old
    chickens, a skill that humans can only acquire after a lot of practice
    - but you then have to couple this to some kind of long-range non-
    lethal projectile system, like a taser, with a better long range
    accuracy than anything I've ever heard off.

    It's not a job that I'd take on with any high expectation of eventual
    success, and I've got a higher opinion of my own competence than I
    have of yours, though this is not an opinion that you will share
    (another one of your problems).
  3. Boris Mohar

    Boris Mohar Guest

    Use that stun gun on your girlfriend.
  4. Uncle Peter

    Uncle Peter Guest


    What you need is a Border Collie. Besides being a loyal
    and beautiful pet, they can be trained (natural instincts)
    to herd and escort the bunnies off your property, making
    them your neighbors problems. Otherwise, get a Lab,
    they will eat the bunnies and again the problem will
    be solved.

    Hope this helps.

    Pete k1zjh
  5. Greg Neill

    Greg Neill Guest


    Take your girlfriend out for a nice dinner and order
    the Hasenfeffer. Your mandate may be changed
  6. Rick

    Rick Guest

    Import some French more fighting...
  7. Jim Yanik

    Jim Yanik Guest

    April fool!!!! I'm not gonna bite on this one.
  8. D from BC

    D from BC Guest

    On 1 Apr 2007 02:42:06 -0700, "Paul Burridge"


    But if you change you mind to lethal..

    Electric shock grid (like a bug zapper).
    Guessing 10kV, 1kW...
    This may slowly cremate rabbits for less clean up.
    However the smoke, smell, buzzing noise and light flashes at night
    time might be annoying. Not to mention the electric bill. :p
    Use more power for exploding rabbits?

    Which reminds me...:
    Elmer Fudd finally gets Bugs Bunny no nonsense...

    D from BC
  9. Tim Wescott

    Tim Wescott Guest

    A varmint rifle or slingshot, and the introduction of rabbit stew into
    the menu? You may get resolution the very first time the serving dish
    hits the table. You could save money twice -- meat is expensive, and so
    are girlfriends.


    Tim Wescott
    Wescott Design Services

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  10. Tom Donaly

    Tom Donaly Guest

    You wouldn't eat the jackrabbits around here (Lepus Californicus) more
    than a couple of times before you contracted one of their diseases.
    Stick to chicken. It tastes like jackrabbit, anyway.
    Tom Donaly, KA6RUH
  11. JeffM

    JeffM Guest

    The solutions are:
    A carnivore on the property
    Carnivore urine at the edge of the property
    The sound of a carnivore (a hawk) played occasionally
  12. D from BC

    D from BC Guest

    How about Lynx?
    ..that's a cool cat..get a bunch..


    New movie: Snakes on the Plain
    D from BC
  13. OK, you beat me to this one, but I was going to be more specific:
    Male brown rat snakes - you only release males (is it possible to
    spay or neuter a snake?) so they don't breed and overrun the place
    with snakes - but they'll eat all of the rabbit babies, and if you
    import a couple big ones, they'll eat the bunny grown-ups. >:->

    Then, when the snakes die of old age, you grind them up and
    use them for fertilizer in the garden. :)

  14. D from BC

    D from BC Guest

    I like the lynx idea better...
    He could just kick back on the porch, open a beer, smoke a cigar and
    watch the lynx catch rabbits till the sun goes down.. :)
    "Hey Billy Bob...yer see that? Lynx got annuther one"..Pssstt
    ..glug glug ...burpp...
    D from BC
  15. Piglit

    Piglit Guest

    I'm sure this could be adapted
  16. Roger

    Roger Guest

    Or a couple of big cats.
    Actually, he's probably fighting a losing battle.
    Roger Halstead (K8RI & ARRL life member)
    (N833R, S# CD-2 Worlds oldest Debonair)
  17. julian814

    julian814 Guest

    Ever think of investing in an ultrasonic emitter? I hear they keep all
    kinds of pests (ie. rabbits, squirrels, cats, dogs, small children
    etc.) away.

  18. Andy Peters

    Andy Peters Guest

    Why not call Wallace over at Anti Pesto?

    They seem to do a good job.

  19. Denton

    Denton Guest

    Low powered pellet gun....
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