A Landowner’s Guide to New England Cottontail Habitat Management

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New England’s only native cottontail rabbit species is in peril. Over the past few decades, the New England cottontail has seen significant declines throughout its range, and the ongoing trend of habitat loss will further threaten the species in coming years. Fortunately, private landowners are in a position to make a significant contribution to the restoration of the species. By managing some of their land as shrublands—the required habitat for New England cottontails—landowners can provide cottontails with the food and cover they need to survive harsh, cold winters and avoid predation. If enough landowners join in the effort, the New England cottontail might be saved from becoming a federally listed species. Information about the New England cottontail and how you can manage your land for habitat is included in this guide.

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