Nomans Island to Serve as Rabbit Refuge

The Cape Cod Times reports that Nomans Island, an uninhabited, 600-acre island off the southern coast of Martha’s Vineyard, will serve as a refuge for threatened New England cottontail rabbits. Currently, the New England cottontail is restricted to southern Maine, southern New Hampshire, and parts of Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and New York east of the Hudson River, less than a 5th of its historic range.

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service believes the island is capable of supporting more than 600 cottontails.

Read more about the establishment of a population of cottontail rabbits on Nomans Island.