Expert to discuss NE cottontail rabbits during Amherst library presentation

AMHERST – Despite the rabbit’s reputation for prolific breeding, the New England cottontail is being considered for federal protection under the Endangered Species Act and is currently listed as an endangered species in New Hampshire.

As recently as the 1960s, these rabbits were found throughout southern and central New Hampshire. Today, only a few remnant populations occupying less than 25 percent of their historic range remain in the Seacoast and Merrimack Valley regions.

University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension wildlife outreach coordinator Haley Andreozzi will have a presentation at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 2, at the Amherst Town Library, 14 Main St. The presentation will discuss the biology of the New England cottontail, management techniques to enhance wildlife habitats, the conservation efforts underway to help restore this rare rabbit, and current state and federal habitat enhancement programs that offer technical and financial assistance to landowners.

Admission is free. Registration is requested, but not required. To register, visit extension.unh.edu/NEC. For more information, contact Andreozzi at haley.andreozzi@unh.edu or 862-5327.