NY seeks rabbit skulls from hunters for study

Albany, N.Y. (AP) – The state Department of Environmental
Conservation is asking rabbit hunters to save skulls during this
fall’s hunting season.

The only native cottontail east of the Hudson River in New York
is the New England cottontail, but its populations are poorly
understood. They look nearly identical to Eastern cottontails and
are only reliably identified by genetic testing or examining skull
characteristics.

That’s why the DEC wants hunters in Rensselaer, Columbia,
Dutchess, Putnam, and Westchester counties to submit the heads of
rabbits to help determine the distribution of New England
cottontails.

Participating hunters will receive instructions and a
postage-paid envelope they can use to submit skulls.

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