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Citizens Can Help New England Cottontails in Massachusetts

From Massachusetts Division of Fish and Wildlife:
Back in December 2010, the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (MassWildlife) appealed to sportsmen, highway department workers, animal control officers, and other interested citizens to collect and provide cottontail carcasses or skulls.

New Preserve in Southern Maine to Benefit Bunnies, People

Residents of Wells, North Berwick, and southern Maine will enjoy a new nature preserve in 2012. After more than a decade of community efforts, the Town of Wells bought the former Granite State lands from Unitil Corporation in December 2011. Great Works Regional Land Trust will hold a conservation easement on the 288-acre property, which was renamed Perkinstown Commons.

Captive Breeding May Help Save the New England Cottontail

In November 2011, conservationists and captive-breeding specialists released nine three- to four-month-old New England cottontails at Ninigret National Wildlife Refuge on the southern coast of Rhode Island.

The rabbits, born from matings between wild cottontails from Connecticut, were placed in a 1-acre brushy area surrounded by predator-proof fencing. As of February 2012, they were doing well in their semi-wild home.