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Problem Animal
Cottontail Rabbit

Grouping Herbivore / Lagomorphs – They are not in the Rodent Family.
Nicknames Bunny, Cottontail, Hare, Wascally Wabbit, !@#$%^&*
Best Known For   Large erect ears, cotton ball white tail, characteristic hop, very large rear feet, nipping off pieces of plants and an inquisitive rabbit nose.
Life Span One to four years. Mating Season Spring through summer. 
Reproductive Details   After a 28 day gestation period 5 to 8 bunnies are born per litter. 3 to 5 litters per year. Breed like rabbits! Why so many? They are a food source for many predators.
Nest Location A dug depression into the ground about the size of a softball often under bushes but sometimes in the middle of the yard.  Nest is lined with grass and rabbit fur. The nest is often left unattended by the mother rabbit.
Habitat Edge animal – likes cover adjacent to open areas. Suburban areas provide a perfect match. Shrub lines, decks, pool cement patios, and the like are preferred harborage. All around our homes.
Activity Cycle Active both day and night with activity peaking near dusk and dawn.
Food Soft tissue plants as well as woody plants including many garden plants, ornamental flowers and orchard crop plants. All the things you love!
Damage Signs Cleanly cut plant tissue on a 45 degree angle just like a set of pruning sheers. Often eats selectively nipping here and there. In the winter when soft tissue plants are covered by snow, woody plant damage will occur including nipping of buds and girdling the bark of ornamental and orchard trees.
Treatment   Trapping and removal. Utilize true fox urine as an attractant. Predator urine is a salt lick. Tough to trap in late spring through early fall. Wooden box traps or cage traps with lined bottoms work best. Set traps in areas of cover. Securing areas of man made cover such as the undersides of sheds, decks, solariums, and patios. (see Ground Level Exclusion tab)
Distinguishing Features Large erect ears, brown coloration on the back, characteristic hop, very large rear feet.
 

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