Jack Rabbits are Imperiled

Black-tailed Jackrabbit

The ongoing assault on the Sagebrush Sea claims another victim:  Jackrabbits

Another animal most commonly considered a pest and valued by the western Cowboy “Custom & Culture” for little more than target-practice, jackrabbits, are disappearing from the landscape:

Jack Rabbit Populations Are Under Study In Washington StateOPB News

Larson says both black-tail and white-tail jack rabbits are now candidates for listing as threatened or endangered in Washington.

Audio via OPB News

Montana biologist revokes his claim that white-tailed jackrabbits have disappeared from Greater Yellowstone

Montana biologist revokes his claim that white-tailed jackrabbits have disappeared from Greater Yellowstone. Casper Star Tribune. By Matthew Brown.

According the the article, Dr. Jim Halfpenny of Gardiner has reported a lot of jackrabbit sign inside Yellowstone Park on the northern range. Five other biologists also reportedly contacted Dr. Joel Berger who had made the claim in a scientific publication.

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As a side note, when this story was first posted on this blog (that the jackrabbits had disappeared) it generated a very long thread of comments!

Scientist says jackrabbits are gone from the greater Yellowstone

“A jackrabbit found throughout much of the West has disappeared from the Yellowstone area, although the reason why remains a mystery, a new study concludes.”

Scientist says jackrabbits are gone from Yellowstone. By Matthew Brown. Associated Press writer.

Dr. Joel Berger seems to be doing a lot of newsworthy research.