The rabbits have fallen prey to human development, foxes — and coyotes. The proposed cottontail habitat would take 15 years to develop and would involve cutting lots of trees. Timber sales will help fund the project and may benefit the town, too.
The balance of nature is tricky business. Human intervention is not always a bad thing, but maintaining predator/prey relationships can result in individual distress or heartbreak.
That’s small consolation to the Crawfords, mourning the loss of their Spanky.
But the cycle continues, sometimes with humans bearing the cost of their encroachment, sometimes with humans working to repair the damage they have wrought.