The White Tailed Jackrabbit

Ashley Hughes

The jackrabbit is a common animal in the Western United States belonging to the Lepus group ( includes hares.) The White Tailed Jackrabbit is slightly smaller than the Black Tailed Jackrabbit and is considered a prairie hare. The jackrabbit is nocturnal, sleeping during the day and awaking at dusk to search for food. They feed on grass and some plants. The rabbit has very good eyesight and excellent hearing along with sensitive whiskers. The Jackrabbit breeds from February to July. The rabbit is born open-eyed and fully furred. They become sexually mature at seven months but does not breed until after one year. The rabbit's biggest predators are coyotes and humans, which lately, has caused a decline in population of Jack rabbits.