Sanpete Rabbit Drives

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 16
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1984
Type Text
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Language eng
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Title Sanpete Rabbit Drives
Description recklessly so they hit people instead of rabbits. No one was hurt badly, but several of the participants resented the carelessness which caused them to be struck by a club. Some of the rabbits managed to dodge the clubs for some time, but they eventually met the same fate as the others, and it was not long- until the slaughter was over. There was a great letdown in excitement when the rabbits were all dead. It was a sad sight to see the thousands of bloody carcasses which moments before had been so alive and active. It was estijnated that 5,000 rabbits were killed in the drive. Most of them were loaded into bobsleds and hauled into the towns, although many were taken in smaller sleighs and packed away on saddle horses. Pleasant about 1914 took 4,500 rabbits, and shortly after that a similar drive killed 5,000 rabbits. In later years a drive west of Manti and Ephraim killed an estijnated 8,000 rabbits. A large percentage of rabbits taken in earlier drives were used as chicken feed, but the people ate many of them. Some truckloads of rabbits from later drives were sent to Salt I^ke City as food for needy people. After fur farms had become established, truckloads of rabbits ware fed to foxes and mink. Recollections of rabbit drives are strong in the memories of the people of Sanpete, especially those that swung the rabbit clubs. 1939, p. 198. Personal History of Golden G. Sanderaon. p. 21. Personal recollections of Fred and Delbert Thompson of Spring City, Doyle Peterson of Sterling, John Kelson of Gunnison, Glenn Thomas of Wales, and the author. -51-
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