New ‘viral cocktail’ killing hares in UK and Ireland, scientist warns

New ‘viral cocktail’ killing hares in UK and Ireland, scientist warns

Public urged to report dying or dead animals as fears grow that form of myxomatosis has crossed over from rabbits

More than 1,100 hares have been recorded as dying of a new “viral cocktail” since 2018 as fears grow that a form of myxomatosis has jumped from rabbits.

People are being urged to report dying or dead hares to scientists who are seeking to discover the cause of so many unexplained deaths in the hare population, with a spike in sickness occurring each autumn.

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