NH working to preserve endangered cottontails

Posted May 15, 2010, at 12:50 p.m.

CONCORD, N.H. — Wildlife biologists say New Hampshire has seen the region’s sharpest decline of the New England cottontail, a rabbit species that’s been dwindling for years due to the loss of its thick shrubland habitat.

Today, biologists believe there are fewer than 100 of the small, brown rabbits in the state.

Last year, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Connecticut received federal grants to help preserve the rabbits. Since then, state and federal agencies have worked together to protect and create new cottontail habitat on private and public land in the three states.

The Rangewide New England Cottontail Initiative plans to branch out to Rhode Island, New York and Maine.