Habitat Suitability Index Models: Eastern cottontail

FWS/OBS 82/10.66


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The eastern cottontail (Sylvilagus floridanus) is the most widely distributed cottontail in North America (Chapman et al. 1982). The species is considered to be a generalist that occupies a variety of habitats from southern Canada southward into South America (Chapman et al. 1980). The eastern cottontail's range overlaps that of six other species of cottontails (Sylvilagus spp.) and six species of hares (Lepus spp.). Eastern cottontails have been widely transplanted and are believed to be expanding their range northward, particularly in the Northeast (Chapman et al. 1982). The eastern cottontail has been successfully introduced into portions of Oregon and Washington which are outside of the species' natural range (Chapman and Morgan 1973). The eastern cottontail is primarily nocturnal and is a principal game species in the eastern United States.

Publication type Report
Publication Subtype Federal Government Series
Title Habitat Suitability Index Models: Eastern cottontail
Series title FWS/OBS
Series number 82/10.66
Subseries Habitat Suitability Index
Year Published 1984
Language English
Publisher U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Contributing office(s) U.S. Geological Survey
Description vi, 23 p.
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