Welcome to NH Rabbit Reports
NH Rabbit Reports is a citizen science project, developed through a partnership between UNH Cooperative Extension and NH Fish and Game Department that asks participants to collect data and report sightings of rabbit and hare species in New Hampshire.
New England Cottontail
New Hampshire’s only native rabbit, the New England cottontail, has lived in this region for thousands of years. As recently as the 1960s, these rabbits were found throughout southern and central parts of the state. Today, only a few populations remain.
The eastern cottontail is not native east of the Hudson River and was introduced by the hundreds of thousands to New England in the early 1900s as a game species. Today there are more eastern cottontails in New Hampshire than the native New England cottontail.
In New Hampshire, Snowshoe Hare are most common in the northern three counties. Snowshoe hare have large hind feet, and their toes spread out like a "snowshoe", enabling them to hop about in deep snow.
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There are two species of rabbits in New Hampshire, the eastern cottontail and the New England cottontail. Despite the fact that they are separate species, the New England cottontail and eastern cottontail are nearly identical in appearance.