Conservationists seek to save 'Peter Cottontail' from extinction | Fox News
Are these people serious?
Another example of the incompetency of US Fish and Wildlife.
I understand their Population is in decline, but in the natural world various wildlife populations are always changing. They are never static. Allow the forest to mature and Fishers and Martens population will increase, cut down the forest and rabbits, grouse and deer will thrive.
Rabbits will be the one of the last critters to go extinct, every town has tons of them running loose in the perpetual open/brush/semi forested land that is urban/suburban landscape.
This is the key paragraph to me.
"Conservationists hope habitat management and captive breeding will prevent the species' decline, which would require a more costly response and restrictions on land use and hunting."
These people give "conservationist" a bad name, in the end again its all about control of you and your property and the elimination of hunting under the guise of "wildlife conservation".
Aldo Leopold is spinning over in his grave.