Maryland, and Fountain Rock Park & Nature Center, is home to cottontail rabbits. Starting around mid April the cottontail rabbits produce their young. Cottontails can have up to five litters of baby bunnies each year. Each litter of bunnies usually ranges from 3 to 8 babies.
(above photo by M. Kepler, used with permission)
Cottontail rabbits eat plants. Lots of plants. The cottontail rabbits prefer tender grass or plant shoots, but will eat tree bark. Sometimes young trees need to be protect from the hungry rabbits. Cottontail rabbits get their water from the plants they eat.
If you surprise a cottontail rabbit, oftentimes they will run away from you in a zigzag pattern. They do this to try to avoid being caught. Sometimes if the cottontail is running away from and you whistle, they will stop to listen to the noise. Cottontail rabbits are considered a small game animal in many parts of the United States and hunted for sport and food.
Would you like to know more? Please stop by the Fountain Rock Park Nature Center and ask one of our friendly staff or volunteers. They will be glad to answer your questions. The Nature Center is open on weekends. Saturday 10am to 4pm and Sunday 1pm to 4pm