December 14, 2017
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Cape Elizabeth group inadvertently destroys rabbit habitat

The Associated Press

CAPE ELIZABETH, Maine — Officials in the Maine community of Cape Elizabeth are trying to decide what to do after a group of volunteers inadvertently destroyed a habitat of the endangered New England cottontail rabbit.

The thick mass of invasive plants was cleared from Fort Williams Park last fall as part of a private effort to create 15 planting sites in the park.

Town Manager Michael McGovern says the state has asked the town to set aside land elsewhere in Cape Elizabeth to make up for what was lost in the park.

The Portland Press Herald says the town has agreed to pay up to $4,800 to capture the park’s rabbits and relocate them.

Biologists estimate there are about 300 New England cottontails in the winter.

 


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