UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT
Contribution from the
Bureau of Biological Survey, Henry W. Henshaw, Chief.
COTTONTAIL RABBITS IN
RELATION TO TREES AND FARM CROPS.
D. E. Lantz, Assistant Biologist.
rabbits are so well known that little need be said of
their habits. They breed several times each year during
the warmer months, the litters averaging five or six
young. The nest is usually placed in a hollow or
depression of the ground, often in open fields or
meadows. It is composed of dead grass and warmly lined
with fur which the female pulls from her own body. The
male rabbit takes no part in caring for the young, and
the female weans them as soon as they are able to leave
the nest. These animals breed so rapidly that in spite
of many natural enemies, and of the fact that they are
hunted for human food, they often become numerous enough
to inflict serious losses on farmers and fruit growers
in many parts of the.........................