Jan
11
2008

Hare-y little deals: Pygmy rabbits could join endangered list

Big trouble for a little animal: The federal government is studying if endangered status needs to be expanded for the pygmy rabbit, a little bunny that can be found in eight western U.S. states.
Big trouble for a little animal: The federal government is studying if endangered status needs to be expanded for the pygmy rabbit, a little bunny that can be found in eight western U.S. states.Courtesy Wikipedia
Did you know there was such a thing as the pygmy rabbit? Neither did I until I ran into a news story today that the federal government is considering adding the creatures to the endangered species list.

Pygmy rabbits have already hit endangered status in eastern Washington. Now, their numbers are looking to dip below that standard in other western states of California, Oregon, Nevada, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and Utah.

As their name implies, pygmy rabbits are small – just nine to 12 inches long and weighing just under a pound. They live in tall brush and dig down into soily burrows. They’re one of the few rabbit species that live in the ground.

Why are their numbers going down?

Human development is pushing out places for the little bunnies to live. Farming, fires, mining and recreational development have encroached on their habitats. For several years, researchers have spent millions trying to develop a breeding program to re-establish their numbers in eastern Washington. A population of 20 pygmies put into the area earlier this year has been reduced down to one lone rabbit due mainly to the munching habits of predators.

Should these kinds of efforts continue or is this a lost cause? Share your thoughts about protecting threatened and endangered species here with other Science Buzz readers.

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tiffany_88's picture
tiffany_88 says:

The rabbits are an epidemic in the earth because be reproduce fast. The rabbits are cute and funny..

posted on Thu, 03/27/2008 - 10:10am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

save the pygmy rabbits!!!
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posted on Tue, 04/29/2008 - 12:39pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

PYGMY RABITS!!!
SAVE THEM!

posted on Mon, 04/06/2009 - 4:13pm

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