A woman reported seeing a stray, black and white domestic rabbit on the side of Monroe Turnpike, between Stop & Shop and Cross Hill Road, at 11:54 a.m. Sept. 27. Police said she tried to catch the animal before it hopped into the tree line.
An officer periodically checked the area, but could not find the rabbit. During the night the animal was struck and killed by a vehicle while trying to cross the road.
Animal Control Officer Ed Risko said he does not know who the owner was, adding no one reported a missing rabbit in the area.
Asked how he knew the rabbit wasn't wild, Risko said, "A wild rabbit is not black and white. It's brown. The most common in Connecticut is the Eastern Cottontail."
The state also has the snowshoe hare, which is more rare, according to Risko.