[Tweeters] OT: Jackrabbit question

Eugene and Nancy Hunn enhunn323 at comcast.net
Fri Aug 7 15:39:55 PDT 2009


Tweets,

Re. jackrabbits in eastern Washington. In my experience the black-tailed
jackrabbit has declined a great deal since the 1970s. I used to see them
regularly between Yakima and the Klickitat, but in recent years I've had few
if any sightings. I suspect the same is true of the even less common
white-tail, which as Kelly notes, is more likely in the bunch grass
"transition zone," as in Lincoln county. However, my experience is hardly
systematic.

Gene Hunn
Lake Forest Park, WA
enhunn323 at comcast.net

-----Original Message-----
From: tweeters-bounces at mailman2.u.washington.edu
[mailto:tweeters-bounces at mailman2.u.washington.edu] On Behalf Of Kelly
Cassidy
Sent: Friday, August 07, 2009 9:45 AM
To: 'Tweeters (E-mail)'
Subject: RE: [Tweeters] OT: Jackrabbit question

To further elaborate on Kelly McAllister's comments about Jack Rabbits (or
Jackrabbits or Jack-Rabbits; sure wish mammals had a recognized arbitrator
of common and scientific names like birds).

White-tailed and Black-tailed Jacks have similar mapped ranges in the
Columbia Basin, but White-tails tend to be more likely in cooler grasslands
and Black-tails more likely in the hotter parts of the Basin.

The White-tail Gap map link is:

http://wdfw.wa.gov/wlm/gap/gapdata/mammals/gifs/leto.gif

("leto.jif" for LEpus TOwnsendii)

The Yakima area is hot. Black-tails are more likely, but White-tails are
possible.

The other Kelly,
Kelly Cassidy


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