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Scientist says jackrabbits are gone from Yellowstone
Jackson Hole Star Tribune & AP ^ | February 15, 2008 | MATTHEW BROWN

Posted on 02/24/2008 8:47:35 AM PST by george76

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.

Whatever the cause, the study suggests the white-tailed jackrabbit's disappearance has wrought major changes to Yellowstone's food chain.

Coyotes and wolves, which could have depended on the rabbit as a significant food source, apparently turned their attention instead to larger prey including young elk, pronghorn antelope -- even domestic livestock.

However, because the rabbit's decline went relatively unnoticed until now, quantifying that shift is virtually impossible, said the study's lead author, Joel Berger with the Wildlife Conservation Society.

The white-tailed jackrabbit -- also known as the prairie hare -- was once a common sight in and around Yellowstone National Park...

Berger's study, appearing in the latest issue of the scientific journal Oryx, tells of one inhabitant of the region encountering "jillions" of the animals near Yellowstone as late as the 1930s.

Yet by the middle of the century, sightings within the 23,000 square mile Yellowstone region grew increasingly rare. That area includes portions of Idaho, Montana and Wyoming.

Only three have been spotted by scientists since 1991 -- all in Grand Teton National Park...

(Excerpt) Read more at jacksonholestartrib.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Idaho; US: Montana; US: Wyoming
KEYWORDS: animalrights; ar; coyotes; jackrabbit; prey; wildlife; wolves; yellowstone
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Time for another government program ?

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1 posted on 02/24/2008 8:47:38 AM PST by george76
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Government-released wolves ate them all. Next question? ;)


2 posted on 02/24/2008 8:48:45 AM PST by Mr. Jeeves ("Wise men don't need to debate; men who need to debate are not wise." -- Tao Te Ching)
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3 posted on 02/24/2008 8:49:32 AM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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Jackrabbits are smart. They know Yellowstone’s about to blow and headed west, away from the ash cloud.


4 posted on 02/24/2008 8:49:51 AM PST by SandyInSeattle (Some people are like slinkys, the idea of them tumbling down a flight of stairs makes you smile.)
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Huh. So then, I guess the place is safe for Jimmy Carter?


5 posted on 02/24/2008 8:50:38 AM PST by Lancey Howard
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Ah...poor bunnies.


6 posted on 02/24/2008 8:51:03 AM PST by alice_in_bubbaland (Vote Obillary! And we'll be picking shrapnel out of our butts for decades!)
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To: Mr. Jeeves

Perhaps the Spotted Owl developed a taste for Bugs Bunny.


7 posted on 02/24/2008 8:52:55 AM PST by Mark was here (The earth is bipolar.)
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To: Mr. Jeeves; Carry_Okie; rellimpank; marsh2; editor-surveyor; Marine_Uncle; claudiustg; ...

Grab your wallet.

I smell a new government study.


8 posted on 02/24/2008 8:52:57 AM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: alice_in_bubbaland

Are hares bunny’s? I thought only rabbits are bunnies? But they do call it a jackrabbit, but also a hare? Is there a difference?


9 posted on 02/24/2008 8:53:36 AM PST by aft_lizard (born conservative...I chose to be a republican)
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To: george76

Have they been there since the big fire a few years ago?


10 posted on 02/24/2008 8:54:02 AM PST by purpleraine
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encountering "jillions" of the animals near Yellowstone as late as the 1930s.

They shortened their ears and moved into my subdivision here in S.E. Michigan. They even come up to the doorwall on my deck and I would swear they are now pals with my indoor cat........

11 posted on 02/24/2008 8:54:28 AM PST by Hot Tabasco ( Donít go messing with Smokey Taylor. He just bought a whole bunch of fresh ammo.)
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They all moved to Lubbock. Fringe areas of the city are infested with them.
I saw a smallish cat waiting in ambush for one in a vacant lot a while back. The rabbit bounded by and the little cat did a perfect imitation of a springing tiger as it pounced. The jack spun around, seemingly in mid-air, and kicked it about 6 feet. The rabbit continued on its way while the cat slunk away, presumably to rummage in trash cans.


12 posted on 02/24/2008 8:54:46 AM PST by atomic conspiracy (Rousing the blog-rabble since 9-11-01)
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Hare today, gone tomorrow.

Leni

13 posted on 02/24/2008 8:55:23 AM PST by MinuteGal (warning)
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Scientist says jackrabbits are gone from Yellowstone

I'd prefer to hear a scientist say all the jackasses are gone from Congress.

14 posted on 02/24/2008 8:56:02 AM PST by smoothsailing
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Interesting, wonder what ate them?


15 posted on 02/24/2008 8:56:14 AM PST by girlangler (Fish Fear Me)
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To: atomic conspiracy; Grampa Dave; potlatch; martin_fierro

LOL

That is a good story :

” The rabbit continued on its way while the cat slunk away, presumably to rummage in trash cans. “


16 posted on 02/24/2008 8:58:36 AM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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Jackrabbits are smart. They know Yellowstone’s about to blow and headed west, away from the ash cloud.

You know, that was my exact thought, too....
17 posted on 02/24/2008 8:59:15 AM PST by swatbuznik
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To: aft_lizard
I got the last one

18 posted on 02/24/2008 8:59:23 AM PST by Westlander (Unleash the Neutron Bomb)
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To: george76

I didn’t think man was supposed to mess with Mother Nature. They don’t know why they disappeared but they want to reintroduce them, probably at a cost of millions.

Of course there’s always the possibility the Elmer did in those pesky wabbits.


19 posted on 02/24/2008 8:59:26 AM PST by jazusamo (DefendOurMarines.org | DefendOurTroops.org)
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Government-released wolves ate them all. Next question? ;)

Now you apply for a few million to study that and I'll help. We should be able to knock it out in a couple of hours for a few mill.

20 posted on 02/24/2008 8:59:28 AM PST by org.whodat (What's the difference between a Democrat and a republican????)
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