UNH Scientists Use DNA Analysis to Prevent Extinction of the New England Cottontail

UNH Scientists Use DNA Analysis to Prevent Extinction of the New England Cottontail

Jul 21, 2014
New England Cottontail rabbit

Scientists with the NH Agricultural Experiment Station are working to restore New Hampshire and Maine’s only native rabbit after new research based on genetic monitoring has found that in the last decade, cottontail populations in northern New England have become more isolated and seen a 50 percent contraction of their range. The endangered New England cottontail is now is at risk of becoming extinct in the region, according to NH Agricultural Experiment Station researchers at the University of New Hampshire College of Life Sciences and Agriculture who believe that restoring habitats is the key to saving the species.

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