Every dune has its bunny! In reality, rabbits haven't been found in the Netherlands all that long. They were imported during the Middle Ages for their fur and meat. In 1950, rabbits were very common in Dutch dunes. But because they ate so much and dug holes, people were not thrilled with all those rabbits. They were hunted and combatted. However, when diseases such as myxomatosis and VHS practically decimated the population around 1990, nature managers suddenly realized how useful the rabbits could also be. They can keep grass short and thereby help to fight overgrowth in the dunes. Fortunately, rabbits are making a come back in many places.
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