Eastern cottontail rabbit.

Eastern Cottontail Rabbit

The eastern cottontail rabbit is one of the most common rabbits in North America.

Eastern cottontail rabbit.

Eastern cottontail rabbit (Sylvilagus floridanus), Milliken Park, Toronto.

The eastern cottontail is a native North American species. They are everywhere even inside densely populated areas such as Toronto. Rabbits, especially young ones, are cute little furry animals, but they multiply like rabbits and can cause rather serious damage by eating and chewing up various plants if their number gets out of control. The eastern cottontail rabbit is considered to be a pest by many because they eat crops.

Eastern cottontail rabbits are also hunted and eaten by humans. The recipe in one of the references below recommends pan frying, but I am sure I could make something edible out of it using the same recipe as I used to cook a stew from a domestic rabbit.

Further Readings:

Getting to Know Ontario’s Wildlife: Eastern Cottontail Rabbits.
Eastern cottontail on Wikipedia.

Eastern Cottontail Rabbits as pests.

Here is an article how to hunt and eat an eastern cottontail: How to Eat Wild Rabbit.
WARNING: The pictures about preparing the animal for cooking are quite graphic, so if you are squeamish about how your meat gets to your table do not click on this link!

Last updated: July 21, 2014

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