Take action to protect the New England cottontail under the Endangered Species Act!
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Can you imagine an Easter squirrel or perhaps an Easter sparrow? I'm not sure I can but that may be what we are left with if the situation doesn't improve for the New England cottontail rabbit. This well known and once common animal that was the inspiration for "The Adventures of Peter Cottontail" is in real peril. Yet, Safari Club International has been fighting protections for the New England cottontail because their members want to kill it.
Tell USFWS Director Dan Ashe to protect the New England cottontail under the Endangered Species Act!
The New England cottontail was once common, but is now found only in 5 places in New England and New York (It differs from the Eastern cottontail that has been introduced into New England cottontail habitat.). Habitat loss through development and destruction has caused their historc range shrink by a whopping 86 percent since 1960! Private landowners, conservationists, and state and federal agencies are working together to try to recover the New England cottontail through habitat protection but it needs the safeguards of the Endangered Species Act. The Safari Club International went to the federal courts seeking to block these protections in 2011. Thankfully they lost, but the threat still looms.
Urge Director Ashe to take action for the New England cottontail now and protect it under the Endangered Species Act.
It is estimated that the population of these rare rabbits has been cut in half in just two decades. If we don't act now to protect the New England cottontail, we could lose it forever. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service settled a lawsuit in 2011, agreeing to speed the process by which species like the New England cottontail were protected. But, it remains in limbo. Still facing threats from development and habitat loss--and targeted for killing by groups like Safari Club International.
Please ask USFWS Director Dan Ashe to protect the New England cottontail under the Endangered Species Act.
Thank you for your commitment to wildlife and wild places.
Endangered Species Coalition
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