Endangered Species Program
Conserving the Nature of America

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New England Cottontail Restoration Project (3:53)
Partner: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service / Region 5


As recently as 1960, New England cottontails were found east of the Hudson River in New York, across all of Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts, north to southern Vermont and New Hampshire, and into southern Maine. Today, this rabbit's range has shrunk by more than 75 percent. Its numbers are so greatly diminished that it can no longer be found in Vermont and has been reduced to only five smaller populations throughout its historic range.

Last updated: April 7, 2011