12/05/2011 10:08 EST | Updated 02/04/2012 05:12 EST

Canmore Bunnies: Animal Rescue Corps. To Save Town's Rabbits

CALGARY - A white knight has hopped into the fray to rescue bunnies facing the death penalty in a scenic Rocky Mountain community near Banff National Park.

The town of Canmore, Alta., has made international headlines and faced the wrath of animal lovers for its plan to destroy its out-of-control feral rabbit population.

There's been heated debate in the town, too. One website is calling for a tourism boycott and threatening emails have been sent to the town office. The missives are currently being investigated by the RCMP.

But trapping and gassing the rabbits, as planned, may not be necessary after an offer from the Animal Rescue Corps (ARC), a non-profit animal protection organization based in Washington, D.C.

"Animal Rescue Corps presents to the town of Canmore a humane and lasting solution to address your community