The endangered New England cottontail is now is at risk of becoming extinct in the region, according experts who believe that restoring habitats is the key to saving the species. The New England cottontail has lived in its native region for many thousands of years. New England Cottontail Initiative; newenglandcottontail.org - A comprehensive guide to the natural history of New England cottontails, their habitat needs, and projects to restore the rabbits and their habitat. The New England cottontail rabbit, in sharp decline for decades throughout the Northeast, is on the verge of disappearing from several states, with the reason somewhat a mystery, wildlife experts say. The New England cottontail is the only rabbit species native to the region east of the Hudson River. SCARBOROUGH â New England cottontail rabbits like a mess. Fewer than 300 New England cottontail rabbits live in Maine, and they are an endangered â¦ As recently as the 1960âs, these rabbits were found throughout southern and central New Hampshire. The New England cottontail rabbit, in sharp decline for decades throughout the Northeast, is on the verge of disappearing from several states, with the reason somewhat a mystery, wildlife experts say. DURHAM â An effort to raise in captivity and reintroduce into the wild the endangered New England cottontail met with success, University of New Hampshire researchers say. And while it has struggled to deal with the changing landscape, a â¦ Despite the rabbitâs reputation for prolific breeding, the New England cottontail is being considered for federal protection under the Endangered Species Act, and is currently listed as a state-endangered species in New Hampshire. New England cottontails are a state-endangered species, and are currently being considered for listing under the federal Endangered Species Act. A signature species of young forest, it shares that habitat with many other wild animals, including â to name but a few â the bobcat , white-tailed deer, American woodcock , ruffed grouse , â¦ This â¦ AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) â Biologists want Mainers to report if they see brown rabbits this winter. The New England Cottontail (Sylvilagus transitionalis) is a species of concern belonging in the species group "mammals" and found in the following area(s): Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont. Biologists estimate around 300 New England cottontails currently live in Maine. The New England cottontail â¦ More precisely, these rabbits, which are endangered in the state of Maine, would like to hide out in a thicket of native (and edible) shrubs. DURHAM, N.H. (AP) â University of New Hampshire researchers tracking the reintroduction of the endangered New England Cottontail â¦ The New England cottontail (Sylvilagus transitionalis), also called the gray rabbit, brush rabbit, wood hare, wood rabbit, or cooney, is a species of cottontail rabbit represented by fragmented populations in areas of New England, specifically from southern Maine to southern New York.