The pygmy rabbit is the only burrowing rabbit in the US and one of two in North America. The size of a teacup, at one pound for an adult, this is the world’s smallest rabbit.
They thrive in dense stands of sagebrush (Artemisia tridentate) and loose soil, eating mostly sagebrush leaves. Over the last 160 years, sagebrush-covered lands have been converted to agricultural use or ranching. The brush lands were planted to an introduced bunch grass to improve livestock forage. They have been subject to disease, wildfires and predation by raptors, coyotes, and weasels.
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