A Chicago Tribune article last Sunday about the 10th anniversary of Millennium Park contained this tidbit:
Unexpected invaders: The park’s 5-acre Lurie Garden has had some unwelcome visitors: rabbits who ate bark on some of the garden’s trees, killing them. [Edward Uhlir, executive director of the Millennium Park Foundation, the nonprofit organization that helps manage the 24.5-acre public space] thinks the rabbits crossed into the park on the snaking, Gehry-designed BP Bridge.
Last year, Uhlir said, trappers hired by the park caught 60 rabbits in the garden and later let them go at a “certified release site” about 100 miles west of Chicago. Then a fox appeared in the garden. This year, only three rabbits have been removed from the garden. “We think the fox was having dinner,” Uhlir said.
Hey, I live about 100 miles west of Chicago! Is it city officials’ fault that my green beans have just been denuded!?
Ha! Thanks to the fox family that lives on my property, we have no rabbits (even though my parents, who live only a few blocks away, have lots of them). Our vegetables are still at risk, though. That’s because of the deer and groundhogs.
That’s pretty neat, to have a fox on property. I seldom see them around, maybe because the coyotes I do see have driven out the fox. I also have a dog who’s too slow to get the rabbits that, I think, are living under our deck. Good luck with the deer and groundhogs!