Q: I have rabbits in my lawn or garden, what general information do I need to know?
A: The eastern cottontail rabbit is the common rabbit found throughout New Jersey. Cottontails are gray or brownish gray, approximately 15 to 20 inches long and weigh 2 to 4 pounds. They have large ears, large hind feet and the tail is short and white on the underside, resembling a cotton ball.
Rabbits tend to concentrate in a favorable habitat, such as a brushy area, field edge, brush piles, or under junk piles or other sheltered areas. Rabbits usually stay within one area, but will relocate if there is a lack of food.
Rabbits remain active all year, feeding on flowers and vegetables in the spring and summer and on shrubs and trees in the fall and winter.
Note: Information attained from RCE fact sheet FS396, Rabbits in the Vegetable Garden, Butler and Ghidiu.