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Londonderry

September 27, 2012

Cottontail sanctuary is in the works

Rabbit sanctuary in progress

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“Creating this type of habitat can appear pretty dramatic at first, as a lot of tree cutting has to be done,” Carcagno said. “But with more than 100 species of New Hampshire wildlife known to thrive in shrubland habitats, there will be so many benefits.”

The first segment of the conservation area runs along a set of power lines. The power lines do not pose any threat to the rabbits, but they do use them as a corridor. The area is located less than two miles from a known, populated location of the New England cottontail, Holman said.

The project is expected to be approved by the Conservation Commission at its next meeting, chairman Deborah Leivens said.

From there, the commission will begin looking for contractors for the first part of the sanctuary. If everything goes according to plan and runs smoothly, construction on the sanctuary will begin in February, Holman said.

Other state and town officials are also in support of the conservation of the species. There are some ideal sites located within the Musquash area and rabbits have been seen there.

Some Londonderry Fish and Game Club members also hunt coyotes, rabbits’ natural predator, said Richard Olson, president of the Londonderry Fish and Game Club and the New Hampshire Wildlife Federation.

“This project is very admirable; it comes at such a low cost to taxpayers,” Town Council vice chairman Tom Dolan said. “Especially since we see so many projects that cost the town considerable amounts of money.”

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