The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 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 captive breeding will prevent the species’ decline, which would require a more costly response and restrictions on land use and hunting.
Published March 30, 2013 / Associated Press