Rabbits of Valdez
Many visitors to Valdez are surprised to see rabbits running all over town. These are not wild rabbits, but rather feral descendants of domesticated rabbits which were turned loose some years ago. The mild winters and bountiful summers in Valdez have allowed these rabbits to flourish in our community.
Safety & Etiquette
While the rabbits and bunnies around seem cute (and you may even see locals hand-feeding them!), please remember that they are feral animals, not pets. Please refrain from petting the rabbits, and do not attempt to pick them up. Respect their space, the same as you would for any other wild or feral animal.
History & Origins
Andrew Goldstein, Curator at the Valdez Museum, explains the history of Valdez's feral rabbits:
You don't need to travel far to see the rabbits and bunnies in Valdez. They can be found all over town. They often make burrows under houses and sheds and can be found grazing in the grassy lawns around buildings. If you are walking around Valdez, check in front of the Visitors Center. We have rabbits that like to hang out around our building.