Hares are a significant agricultural pest when their numbers reach high densities although at present this is uncommon. Hares often cause browsing damage to tree plantings and vineyards.
In some locations they can cause damage to seedlings, orchards, horticultural crops and soil conservation areas.
Hares look similar to rabbits but are a lot bigger and have black tipped ears. They prefer open farmland with longer grass (such as dairy country), plantations or similar cover and can live in quite wet conditions.
Hares can travel up to four kilometres daily to feed.
Control work should be carried out before planting seedlings or crops. Hares do not generally take poison baits and shooting is often the most effective method of control.
Feral Fix Pest Control can control Hares in most areas.