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If the rabbit is

larger than a 

softball and

weighs more

than 4 ounces

or 100 grams,


It is on its own

and does not need

human intervention

Is the rabbit

fully furred

with its eyes


 I FOUND A       


Do any of the following

apply to the rabbit?

- it is bleeding, has an open wound,

  or has a broken bone

- it's been in a cat's or dog's mouth

- it's covered in fly eggs(these look like   small grains of rice)

- it's cold, wet or crying nonstop

Locate the nest and put the rabbit back.

You will not see a lot of activity at the nest; mother rabbits stay away to avoid leading predators to their young.

To check for nest activity, lay four pieces of string in a tic-tac-toe pattern over the nest. Leaves the area and check in 12 hours.

if the mother rabbit has returned, the strings will be out of place.


If the strings are undisturbed and the young rabbits have missed more than two feedings (early morning

and dusk), the rabbits should be taken to a permitted rehabilitator.

Rabbits are a sensitive

and high-stress species.

Never chase a rabbit to capture it, and handle it as little as possible

DO NOT give food or water to injured or orphaned rabbits; they have very sensitive stomachs





Take the RABBIT

to a wildlife rehabilitator or

a veterinarian


Nest March - September

Average litter 4 - 5 babies

Litters per season 3 - 4

Disperse at 15 - 20 days old

 nests are found in shallow  depressions on the ground

 (cottontails do not burrow),

 covered with soft grasses

 and lined with tufts of the

 mother rabbit's fur

Mother rabbits are very secretive so they don't draw attention to their nests; it is very rare that you will see a mother rabbit coming and going

Mom feeds her young only two times a day; at dusk and dawn

A word about mowing:

Do not attempt to mow within 10 feet of a rabbit's nest if there are babies present.

Protect a nest during mowing by placing a plastic lattice laundry basket upside down over the nest. Remove after mowing

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