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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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To: george76

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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To: Troublemaker; LucyT; girlangler; Myrddin; jazusamo; B4Ranch

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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To: george76

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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To: george76

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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To: george76

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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To: george76
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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To: george76

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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To: george76
Hare today, gone tomorrow.

Leni

13 posted on 02/24/2008 8:55:23 AM PST by MinuteGal (warning)
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To: george76
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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To: george76

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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To: SandyInSeattle
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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To: Mr. Jeeves
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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To: george76
The wolves wiped them out. The scientists who introduced the wolves to Yellowstone, along with the state authorities who allowed the practice should be brought before the International Tribunal and convicted of wiping out an animal species.

Fair is fair.

21 posted on 02/24/2008 9:00:42 AM PST by Zuben Elgenubi
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To: aft_lizard

LOL! I donno. They’re cute though. :)


22 posted on 02/24/2008 9:00:51 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: george76

-—yep-—but I think post #2 may be on to something—


23 posted on 02/24/2008 9:00:52 AM PST by rellimpank (--don't believe anything the MSM tells you about firearms or explosives--NRA Benefactor)
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To: Lancey Howard


24 posted on 02/24/2008 9:01:05 AM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: aft_lizard
Is there a difference?

Yes, but it is just a hair hare!

25 posted on 02/24/2008 9:01:05 AM PST by org.whodat (What's the difference between a Democrat and a republican????)
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To: Westlander

Uh, Westlander, that’s not a jackrabbit.

That there’s a jackalope.


26 posted on 02/24/2008 9:01:14 AM PST by 2111USMC
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To: Zuben Elgenubi

Quick tell Obama!


27 posted on 02/24/2008 9:01:26 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: Westlander

My Democrat Neighbor has one of those on his wall.


28 posted on 02/24/2008 9:01:41 AM PST by cmsgop ( You go to da box..... you feel shame)
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To: girlangler

Wolves, coyotes...?


29 posted on 02/24/2008 9:01:49 AM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: jazusamo

We need an Elmer picture.


30 posted on 02/24/2008 9:03:20 AM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: Mr. Jeeves
Thanks...
I was just about to mention that.
There was a balance when there were just coyotes because the wolves had been removed.
Now that the wolves are back there is too much hunting pressure on the main food supply for both Coyotes and wolves.
Of course wolves also bring down deer, elk and the occasional livestock.
31 posted on 02/24/2008 9:03:52 AM PST by Doc91678 (Doc91678)
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To: alice_in_bubbaland
Quick tell Obama!

B.O. likes wabbits or the International Tribunal? Which one?

32 posted on 02/24/2008 9:03:56 AM PST by Zuben Elgenubi
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To: george76
Gee lets see... Yellowstone has jack rabbits which are natural prey for wolves... All wolves are removed from yellowstone ... jack rabbits lose fear of wolves as there is not threat... grey wolves are reintroduced to yellowstone ... Jack Rabbits dissappear.

Pretty simple deduction.

33 posted on 02/24/2008 9:05:06 AM PST by commish (Freedom tastes sweetest to those who have fought to protect it.)
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To: Zuben Elgenubi

The International Tribunal, of course. Maybe the UN can help him out too.


34 posted on 02/24/2008 9:05:13 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: george76

Must be wolves. I saw a program on the NatGeographic channel about Yellowstone. Showed where some of the wolf packs have even started going after bison. Takes a group effort but wolves are very smart.


35 posted on 02/24/2008 9:05:15 AM PST by TruthWillWin
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To: alice_in_bubbaland

Lots of well fed Government sponsored wolves. Next the antelope then your sheep


36 posted on 02/24/2008 9:05:18 AM PST by We Dare Defend Our Rights
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To: george76

Wolves eat rabbits. Wolves are protected so nothing kills wolves. Wolves eat all the rabbits. Case closed?


37 posted on 02/24/2008 9:05:21 AM PST by DouglasKC
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To: girlangler

We’ve also experienced a disappearance of bunnies in SoCA Coechella Valley/ Palm Springs area, although a few remain.

It’s been said that prior to many a cataclysm, animals naturally move to safer ground. I believe there were reports of native populations in rural coastal Africa and some islands who moved to high ground days before the Malaysian Tsunami in Thailand approached their coast, when there had been no mechanism to communicate the oncoming disaster. There reason for moving had been solely attributed to spiritual inclinations of their leaders.

Considering the recent quakes in Nevada and south of Mexicali located on volcanic domes, this might not portend good things to come for this region.


38 posted on 02/24/2008 9:05:48 AM PST by Cvengr (Fear sees the problem emotion never solves. Faith sees & accepts the solution, problem solved.)
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To: george76
Where oh where our the wabbits?


39 posted on 02/24/2008 9:05:52 AM PST by Zuben Elgenubi
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To: george76

I developed a taste for rabbit (though not the American jack) while I was growing up in England. My dad and I used to hunt them with air rifles, the most powerful weapons we could have without a godawful bureaucratic rigamarole, even in the 1950s. They were almost the only really edible critters ordinary folk like us could hunt.

This being America, I have a 30-06 Winchester now, though not for shooting rabbits. My ex-wife did shoot a chicken with it once, but that is another story (she was aiming at a coyote).


40 posted on 02/24/2008 9:06:55 AM PST by atomic conspiracy (Rousing the blog-rabble since 9-11-01)
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To: Mr. Jeeves

Of course the wolves ate them, why is that such a mystery to these idiots?

Maybe they will now repopulate Yellowstone with jackrabbits they catch in west Texas. Always going to be a job for these folks.


41 posted on 02/24/2008 9:06:56 AM PST by Ditter
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To: Mr. Jeeves

You’re right. They had an hour-long TV program on Nat. Geo.channel last week about the wolves they put back in the park. Obviously “Mr. Scientist” missed that show.


42 posted on 02/24/2008 9:07:00 AM PST by eartotheground (Rodham delinda est.)
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To: george76
"(The) journal Oryx, tells of one inhabitant of the region encountering "jillions" of the animals near Yellowstone as late as the 1930s..."

I was assigned to an Army installation in New York in the late 1980s and encountered "jillions" (probably hundreds of thousands in reality) of deer because the deer had no natural predators left.

I've said for years that wolves should be surreptitiously reintroduced to New York, New Hampshire, New Jersey, and Massachusetts (since the left-wing idiots in those states are so bent on protecting the wolves in Alaska). Maybe we could find some of the white-tailed jackrabbits elsewhere and reintroduce them into those states as well...

43 posted on 02/24/2008 9:07:08 AM PST by Friend_from_the_Frozen_North (If you are, as Rush would say, "A Glittering Jewel of Colossal Ignorance" don't waste my time...)
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To: atomic conspiracy
The jack spun around, seemingly in mid-air, and kicked it about 6 feet.

Crouching Tiger, Springing Hare.

44 posted on 02/24/2008 9:07:32 AM PST by Charles Martel (The Tree of Liberty thirsts.)
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To: atomic conspiracy
They all moved to Lubbock.

They are here to keep the prairie dogs company.
45 posted on 02/24/2008 9:07:54 AM PST by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: george76

One I spoke with outside Yuba City last year said his family had come from there but that they were evacuating the area because “the super eruption is coming”. Not sure what he meant by that.


46 posted on 02/24/2008 9:07:56 AM PST by InABunkerUnderSF ("Gun Control" is not about the guns. "Illegal Immigration" is not about the immigration)
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To: SandyInSeattle; SunkenCiv
"Jackrabbits are smart. They know Yellowstone’s about to blow and headed west, away from the ash cloud."

Hey. Animals left before the tsunami...why not a super-volcano too?

47 posted on 02/24/2008 9:08:21 AM PST by blam (Secure the border and enforce the law)
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To: Zuben Elgenubi

Thanks for the Elmer picture.


48 posted on 02/24/2008 9:08:43 AM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: george76
This has got to be it.

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49 posted on 02/24/2008 9:09:07 AM PST by jazusamo (DefendOurMarines.org | DefendOurTroops.org)
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To: george76

Maybe they’re gone from Yellowstone, but they’re in the neighboring park, Grand Tetons. Hubby and I saw one in Grand Tetons while hiking around Jenny Lake a couple of years ago.


50 posted on 02/24/2008 9:09:08 AM PST by randita (Do not trust any polls!)
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