Seeking to save Peter Cottontail from extinction

Mar 31, 2013 by Stephen Kalin
New England cottontail at Crescent Beach State Park in 2010. Credit: USFWS

Conservationists want to make sure Peter Cottontail is around for many Easters to come.

The species that inspired a New England author to pen tales about a curious bunny is in danger. say the New England cottontail could face extinction because the shrub lands it calls home are disappearing.

The U.S. has partnered with state agencies and private organizations from Maine to New York to restore its natural habitat and save the critter.

New England cottontails were abundant a century ago, but as neglected agricultural lands reverted back to forest, the population thinned.

Conservationists hope habitat management and will prevent the species' decline, which would require a more costly response and restrictions on land use and hunting.

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VENDItardE
1 / 5 (2) Mar 31, 2013
only there due to man clearing the forests.......let it go.
Shootist
1.5 / 5 (2) Mar 31, 2013
Seeking to save Peter Cottontail from extinction


The bunny must not be doing evolution right.

By the way, Rachel Carson lied.
ScooterG
1 / 5 (1) Mar 31, 2013
Domestic house cats probably do some damage as well, not to mention the proliferation of coyote and fox.

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