How did the European rabbit spread?
Furthermore, how did the European rabbit become invasive?
It is known as an invasive species because it has been introduced to countries on all continents with the exception of Antarctica, and has caused many problems within the environment and ecosystems. Feral European rabbits in Australia have had a devastating impact, due in part to the lack of natural predators there.
Correspondingly, how do European rabbits affect the ecosystem?
Rabbits impact our national parks and reserves by: reducing the regeneration of native plants, through grazing and ringbarking of saplings. competing with native animals for food and shelter. damaging historic and cultural sites, through soil erosion caused by over grazing.
Rabbits introduced. In 1859, European wild rabbits were introduced into Australia so they could be hunted for sport. Within 50 years, rabbits had spread across almost the entire continent, with devastating implications for Australia's indigenous flora and fauna.