We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
They are most abundant here in the later summer and fall, but their numbers nosedive during the winter mostly due to predation by owls, hawks, coyotes, and Red Fox. The cottontails' position on the food chain leads to an annual survival rate of around 20%.
When we see one hop out of its nesting "form" when mowing, we mow around it.
My wife has kept house rabbits as pets for many years. If you give them the run of the house, their teeth can be h3ll on furniture, electrical cords, and computer wires, all of which need to be protected from damage. When young, they can be very entertaining, but their curiosity tends to get the better of them and they'll go to work on one of their "projects" behind your back if you don't mind them carefully. They seem to think what you don't know won't hurt you.
Ask an Australian how warm and fuzzy he feels about bunny rabbits. The likely reply: a warm and fuzzy elimination of the rabbit species from Australia would do just fine. Releasing rabbit-borne diseases has been more successful than poisoning, fences, or hunting in controlling the rabbit population.