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No Supreme Court hearing for defender of feral rabbits in Canmore, Alta.

A few of Canmore's feral rabbits are pictured Nov. 22, 2011. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Bill Graveland
January 23, 2014 - 7:09 AM

OTTAWA - The Supreme Court of Canada won't hear an appeal from a nature lover who tried to save the rabbits of Canmore, Alta., from a deadly cull.

The town decided several years ago to trap and kill its feral rabbits, which it said were devouring local gardens and attracting predators such as coyotes and even cougars.

Daniel Onischuk, an Edmonton photographer, objected and went to court for an injunction, arguing trapping, sterilizing and relocating the rabbits would be a better option.

The Court of Queen's Bench dismissed his suit, saying he had no standing to bring the application since he had no ties or interest in Canmore and the appeal court declined to hear an appeal.

The town began the trap-and-kill program in the fall of 2012.

As usual, the Supreme Court gave no reasons for refusing to hear Onischuk's appeal.

News from © The Canadian Press, 2014
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