Okay, now I've heard everything.
In May I posted about a coyote who jumped our backyard fence and made an appearance on our sport court and how the City of Eden Prairie basically could have cared less. Since then, I had another EP friend tell me that a coyote recently attacked her friend's older dog and it had to be put to sleep.
So I see an article in the Star Tribune today with the headline:
Rabbits, rabbits, everywhere: With so many yard rabbits this year, some homeowners have noted a corresponding increase in predator sightings in the city.
I think, "Interesting, maybe there's some good data on these varmints." A mere 30 seconds into reading the article I see this,
"Where there are lots of rabbits, there are plenty of nibbled gardens, girdled trees and angry homeowners asking: Why so many rabbits, and where will it all end?
Some have a hunch. They point to the weather: Rabbits are increasing because climate is changing and our winters are getting milder. They might be onto something.
Winters have been milder, according to the State Climatology Office. Rabbits might be getting in an extra litter under such conditions. That means more offspring starting down the reproductive path. Soon you have a bunny explosion.
The same paper just reported that 2008 was the coldest year since 1979. Since then, January has been the coldest since 1994. Februray-June has been average to below average temps. The winter prior of 2007-2008 ranked 38th coldest out of 113 years of records in Minnesota.
So "our winters are getting milder" except for the last two winters- which were not-- but the bunnies are overpopulated now-- which would mean that we just had a "mild" winter per the reporter's logic, except that we didn't.
Another great piece of journalism from the Strib.