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Human casualty in NZ Bunny Hunt

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WELLINGTON - New Zealand's Great Easter Bunny Hunt, an annual cull of rabbits on the South Island, nearly claimed a human life on Saturday when a hunter accidentally shot himself. 

The 26-year-old, one of more than 400 hunters involved, lost his footing while shooting and sustained a self-inflicted wound to his hand, Cromwell police said.

The hunt is held each year in the dry interior of the Otago region where rabbits, introduced to the country in the 19th century and with no native predators to control their numbers, are considered pests by local farmers.

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