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What's up with all the rabbits in town? It seems like they're everywhere.

"They're phenomenal breeders," said Prairie Park Nature Center Director Marty Birrell, noting that females produce six or seven litters a year.

"Each litter has, on average, four to six young," she said. "I've seen as many as eight."

Rabbits seen in and around Lawrence are eastern cottontails. Their breeding season begins in March and ends in October.

"I suspect they're on their third or fourth litter now," Birrell said.

Vulnerable to predators, most cottontails die before they're a year old.

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