Given the weekend that this Saturday falls on - Easter Weekend - I have decided to dedicate this Saturday Sighting to the Cottontail Rabbit. We have plenty of rabbits here at the Backus-Page House Museum. All year long they can be sighted, even in the snow we recognize their foot prints throughout the grounds.
Cottontail Rabbits are a common animal throughout the John E. Pearce Provincial Park. They can be seen in a variety of colours from reddish brown, grey and brown. They receive their name from the looks of their tails which easily resemble a cotton ball.
Their habitats include areas in long grass such a meadows, the fringes of fields and woodlands. During the day these animals remain hidden in vegetation while at night feed on grasses, buds, twigs and even bark. If startled or threatened in any way, cottontail rabbits take off at speeds up to 18mph in a zigzag pattern.
Cottontail rabbits multiply in numbers a staggering rate and can become problematic for farmers - destroying crops and making issues in farmland. Therefore, they have become a popular game animals for hunters.
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