U.S. Rabbits Don’t Burrow

Cottontail rabbits are often unfairly blamed for lawn damage. Because wild rabbits in Europe form large warrens out of clustered burrows, the image of a rabbit burrow has entered our culture through everything from children’s books to cartoons. If you assumed that wild rabbits have been digging burrows in your lawn, you’re not alone!

The fact is that cottontail rabbits nest not in burrows, but in very shallow depressions or hollows. These nests are so small and shallow that they’re very easy to miss and often indistinguishable from patches of dry grass. If you have conspicuous tunnels or burrows in your yard, there are many possible residents— including groundhogs, chipmunks, pocket gophers, and moles— but wild rabbits aren’t among them.

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