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Evaluation of some cottontail rabbit management procedures as applied in Piedmont Virginia
Seasonal population fluctuations of the cottontail
rabbit were measured by evening roadside counts and
trapping. During the latter part of July, roadside
counts showed a rather marked and drastic decline in the
number of rabbits. This decline was forecast by the low
number of rabbits seen in the field and the low number
of rabbits the investigator was able to trap. Further
confirmation of this decline came during the first week
of the 1960-61 hunting season. A 42 per cent decrease in
the number of rabbits killed occured in spite of a 10 per
cent increase in hunting pressure. By the end of the
hunting season a 60 per cent decrease in the rabbit
harvest was recorded.