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Saving The New England Cottontail Rabbit

Saving The New England Cottontail Rabbit

This is a wild bunny alert: Our New England cottontail rabbit is in trouble.

It won't be much of a surprise to learn that we're to blame. Perhaps it will lessen the guilt to know state and federal environmentalists — and a few conservation-minded landowners — are now working to save our native bunnies.

And they're doing it in part by using a program designed to provide hunters with more wild game to shoot.

Which is fine with Tom McAvoy, who happens to like hunting.

McAvoy's 115-acre farm in the little eastern Connecticut town of Scotland is one focus of a combined federal-state effort to provide more of the brushy, thickety landscape favored by our...