The importance of the cottontail as a game mammal has increased rapidly in recent years. From records and estimates supplied by State game agencies the United States Fish and Wildlife Service estimated that 20,000,000 rabbits were taken in the United States in 1941 for food and for sport, a recreational outlet for several million citizens now (Crouch, 1942).
Hendrickson, George O.
"Mearns Cottontail Investigations in Iowa,"
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