The closest stop sign is over a mile away and the first traffic light is 5+ miles down the road. A visit to the grocery store is almost 30 miles round trip. It's quiet here; just the sound of toads and coyotes at night. It seems very still, but when you look close there's always something happening. Read on about a few things we've noticed over the past few years.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Black tailed Jack Rabbit (Hare)

Do you know the difference between rabbits and hares?  Hares are larger, have longer hind legs and longer ears than rabbits. A young hare is called a leveret. Unlike true rabbits whose young are born helpless and without fur, the jackrabbit leverets are born fully furred with open eyes and plenty of energy.  Some hares look so large that I've mistaken them for dogs from the corner of my eye. 

The Black Tailed Jack Rabbit is normally shy but in spring it becomes frisky!  They take to day light activites like playing and "boxing".  The boxing is usally done by a female by punching the male in the face and about the head to keep him from trying to copulate.  Men!

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