A bunny’s tale: Protecting New England cottontail habitat on Cape Cod

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Northeast Region

This post comes from our partner, Diane Petit at the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service in Massachusetts.

Cape Cod’s beautiful seashore, inlets, salt marshes and woodlands are a natural draw for year-round and vacation home owners, and tourists. A boon for the local economy, the associated development is not so good for an elusive little creature: the New England cottontail rabbit. Habitat loss has New England’s only native rabbit as a candidate for listing under the Endangered Species Act.

Private landowners, conservation groups, a tribe and government agencies have joined forces to restore New England Cottontail habitat throughout New England. In Mashpee, Mass., on Cape Cod, habitat restoration work at three sites is yielding results.

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